Thousands Demand To Record Atos Sickness Benefit Tests

Between December 2012 and February 2014, a total of 4,060 audio-recorded face-to-face Work Capability Assessments (WCA) were requested.

Letters: Failure Of The Work And Pensions Select Committee

Benefit claimant 'stitching-up' needs to recognized as a criminally indictable offense, writes Samuel Miller.

Iain Duncan Smith’s Directory Of Death

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

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'.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 12 (03/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

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.

80,000 Face Benefit Sanctions Misery This Christmas – Including 6,800 Disabled People

More than 80,000 families face a bleak and miserable Christmas because of punitive and unfair benefit sanctions, PCS says.

Work Programme Makes Mental Health Problems Worse, Says Charity

83% of people who lost their jobs due to mental health problems got worse while on the government's flagship back to work scheme.

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.

More Jobs Than People Looking For Work, Claim Researchers

Claim comes when figures show a significant rise in the number of Zero-Hours contracts.

‘Social Supermarket’ Opens Selling Low-Price Food To Benefit Claimants

Community Shop will sell cut-price food donated from Britain's major supermarkets at 70% less than normal prices.

Welfare Quiz: How Many Of These Facts Did You Know?

To mark the end of 2014 we've decided to answer some of the many questions asked by our readers over the last year.

500,000 Sanctioned Jobseekers ‘Disappeared’ From Unemployment Figures

Hundreds of thousands of jobseekers could have 'disappeared' from official unemployment figures after having their benefit payments docked, figures suggest.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 11 (27/12/2014)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

DWP Accused Of ‘Breathtaking Arrogance’ Over Work Programme Devolution

The DWP has been accused of breaking the "letter and spirit" of the Smith Commission, after it emerged that lucrative Work Programme contracts are to be extended.

Iain Duncan Smith Starving The Poor Into Committing Crime, Says Labour MP

Veteran Labour MP Michael Meacher has launched a stinging attack against Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Legal Action Over ‘Inconsistent’ Access To Work Scheme

Lawyers are challenging the DWP to publish a document detailing the eligibility criteria of the disabled persons 'Access To Work' scheme.

Labour Pledge New ‘Work Support Programme’ For Disabled Benefit Claimants

The 'Work Support Programme' would help support ESA claimants regarded as being the 'furthest from work', say Labour.

DWP To Award £500 Million ‘Fit For Work’ Contract To U.S Firm Maximus

DWP will award a benefit assessment contract worth £500 million to the private American firm Maximus, according to an anonymous source.

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