Thousands of jobs to go in government shakeout of welfare to work sector

Funding to shrink by 75% from March when work programme is replaced by much smaller work and health programme.

SNP MP vows to keep fighting ‘brutal’ benefit sanctions regime

Mhairi Black has vowed to be “a thorn in the side” of the UK Government over the “horrific and unfair” benefit sanctions regime.

DWP staff told to focus on sanctions rather than processing benefit appeals

SNP MP calls for benefit sanctions to be halted over the festive period.

Teenager took his own life after Jobcentre staff threatened to axe his benefits

David Brown, 18, took his own life after Jobcentre staff threatened to sanction his Jobseeker's Allowance, a coroner's inquest heard.

In-work sanctions are incompatible with ‘halving the disability employment gap’

The government have introduced in-work benefit sanctions for low paid and part-time workers.

Work is not a ‘health’ outcome

Some people’s work is undoubtedly a source of wellbeing, but that is not the same thing as being “good for health”.

Neoliberalism and inequality are strongly linked with increasing ill-health

Research suggests the health of the nation has been detrimentally affected by neoliberal economic and social policies.

No evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office

Government has failed to measure whether sanctions represent value for money, while application varies widely, find auditors.

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support.

DWP face inquest into death of diabetic ex-soldier hit by cruel benefits sanction

Lawyers acting on behalf of the sister of a diabetic ex-soldier are calling for a Coroner's inquest into his "unnatural death".

Sick pay and work assessments to be reviewed, Jeremy Hunt reveals

Consultation to be carried out as cost of treating long-term health conditions that prevent people from working reaches £7bn.

DWP to overhaul hated ‘fitness for work’ tests

Work and Pensions Secretary Damien Green will announce a consultation on changes to the Work Capability Assessment.
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‘I’m not unemployable, I’m autistic’

New research has found that the proportion of autistic people in full-time paid work has stagnated since 2007, at just under 16%.

Benefit sanctions forcing people to use food banks, study confirms

Oxford University research shows link between sanctions and use of charity parcels, a pattern ministers refuse to accept.

Tories turn their back on 45,000 disabled jobseekers

New 'Work and Health Programme' will help 45,000 fewer disabled people each year than the schemes it's replacing, report shows.

More than £1bn for troubled families ‘has had little impact’

Study of government’s flagship social policy from 2012 suggests ‘very small number of positive or negative results’ in tackling addiction and truancy.

Sick and disabled people unable to work should be guaranteed a living income

Why sick and disabled people who are unable to work should be guaranteed an income equal to the living wage.

Tories should exempt ESA claimants from the benefit cap, says disability charity

Disability Rights UK says including ESA WRAG claimants in benefits cap, and reducing eligibility for disability benefits, will "just drive disabled people into greater poverty"

‘Biased’ fit for work tests penalise poorer people

New study finds that disabled people living in deprived areas are more likely to lose their benefits under the government’s controversial assessments system.

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