Friday, January 19, 2018


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Opinion: £30 Billion National Insurance Surplus A Kick In The Teeth For Starving Families

George Osborne is sitting on a £30 BILLION National Insurance surplus while struggling families turn to food banks to feed their children

DWP Gets Tough On Sickness Benefit Claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions has today announced a number of changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Work Capability Assessments.

Exclusive: DWP Admit Using Fake Claimant’s Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet

DWP officials have admitted that claimants comments used in an official benefit sanctions information leaflet were "for illustrative purposes only".

Sanctioned Jobseekers With Mental Health Problems Are Not ‘Vulnerable’, Says DWP

Sanctioned JSA claimants with mental health illnesses are not considered 'vulnerable' enough by the DWP for immediate support.

‘Radioactive’ Man Found Fit For Work

A 'radioactive' man, who has been told not to be in close proximity with other people, was found 'fit for work' by DWP officials.

Shocking Benefits Story Exposes Britain’s ‘Barbaric’ Welfare System

Vulnerable benefit claimant suffered severe mental health problems and weight loss, whilst battling to navigate a 'barbaric' benefits system.

Mentally ill man found dead on beach after his sickness benefits were removed

"What's the point?": David Metcalf is said to have felt 'frustrated and upset' after being found 'fit for work' by the DWP.

Iain Duncan Smith Hints At Welfare Privatisation

Iain Duncan Smith has hinted that the future of Britain's welfare system could rest in the arms of private insurance schemes.

Unemployed Lone Parents Could Be Forced Into Unpaid Work Placements

Unemployed lone parents could be forced into mandatory unpaid work placements as part of fresh changes to benefits coming into force from the 28th April 2014.

Part-Time Workers Face Benefit Sanctions Under Universal Credit

"In work conditionality" within the Universal Credit system could encourage the low-paid and part-time workers to seek additional hours, said Mr Duncan Smith.

Universal Credit Adviser Ordered Not To Tell Claimants About Hardship Support

An undercover adviser, working for Channel 4 Dispatches, was told not to advise claimants about the existence of vital cash funds.

Work For Your Dole: George Osborne Outlines Tough New Benefits Regime – Speech

Chancellor George Osborne has outlined tax changes and a tough new benefits regime for Britain's unemployed.

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.

Appeal Court Rejects Challenge In Poundland Case

The government has lost the latest round of its legal battle to stop thousands of jobseekers clawing back £130m in benefits.

Iain Duncan Smith’s Directory Of Death

More than 60 people have tragically lost their lives after having benefits docked or removed, say campaigners.

‘Cruel And Incompetent’: Iain Duncan Smith Forced To Admit Christmas ‘Benefits Bonus’ Blunder

DWP 'administrative error' left more than 300,000 sick and disabled people without their £10 'Christmas Bonus'.

DWP To ‘Blitz’ Unemployed People Into Unpaid Work

DWP say an 'army' of government 'jobs experts' will target unemployed people at a number of 'unusual locations'.

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.

Stephen Crabb Wants To Sack Private Sector Disability Assessment Firms

Disability campaigners have welcomed reports that the new Work and Pensions Secretary is considering sacking under-performing disability assessment contractors.

Revealed: Universal Credit capability for work questionnaire

Official universal credit capability for work questionnaire.

Prepaid benefit cards may be closer than you think – report

If you are unable to view the following document it can also be downloaded through the Government's website (see summary report). Prepaid Benefits Card Trial - DWP Conclusions by Steven Preece on Scribd

Jobcentre Staff ‘Bullying’ Benefit Claimants To Tears

The Scottish Welfare Reform Committee has heard evidence of Jobcentre staff bullying benefit claimants, often reducing them to tears.