Saturday, February 24, 2018

Welfare Reform

MSP hails ‘ground-breaking’ commitments in Scottish social security bill

Scots challenging a decision on their social security entitlements will not experience a gap in financial support.

SNP MSP calls on big six to back energy credit foodbank scheme

'People should not be left without food, heating and electricity because of cruel Tory policies', says Christina McKelvie

Rise in zero-hours jobs for single parents ‘risks causing child poverty’

Growth of unsuitable self-employment blamed for half of single parent homes being poor.

‘Substantial minority’ of disability claimants failed by system – MPs

Committee outlines assessment failings, including woman asked why she had not killed herself.

Universal credit all-party report raises fears over workability of system

Findings flag up ‘considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits’ seven years on.

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge

Lawyers for terminally ill man who say new system costs him almost £200 a month win right to judicial review.

Why would any self-respecting woman vote Tory?

Elaine Dyson questions why any woman in Britain could ever bring themselves to vote Conservative.

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

Welfare scheme a ‘significant risk’ to public spending, warns Office for Budget Responsibility.

Most children in UK’s poorest areas now growing up in poverty

End Child Poverty says years-long freeze on benefits is major factor in emerging crisis.

More than 220,000 people score ZERO points in disability benefit assessments

Tory disability benefit changes are causing "great distress" to thousands of sick and disabled people, says Labour MP.

Universal Credit ‘shambles’ leaves Scottish tenants vulnerable to eviction, warns SNP MP

Figures show 29% of landlords have already evicted a tenant for Universal Credit rent arrears.

1 in 3 Brits still don’t know what Universal Credit actually is

Researchers uncover continued uncertainty around Universal Credit, with some people believing the new benefits system is a UK mobile data plan.

Universal Credit: ‘People are dying waiting for their claims’, says MP

SNP MP Drew Hendry says the UK government is failing terminally ill people who make a claim for universal credit.

Councils forced to fund emergency help for universal credit claimants

Labour says its findings offer more evidence that the government should pause rollout of new benefit system.

One million children to miss out on free school meals under universal credit

The Children's Society has called on the Government to "provide free school meals for all children on universal credit".

DWP rebuked over ‘terrible’ response to PIP review

Response "is a terrible missed opportunity" to immediately improve the Personal Independence Payment assessment process, says Frank Field MP.

Tories could be forced to conduct an assessment on the impact of welfare changes

Labour has secured a vote to force the Government to conduct an assessment of the impact of social security changes on disadvantaged groups.

DWP officials pocket £44 million in ‘performance’ bonuses despite universal credit debacle

Figures also show DWP ministers spent £35million defending cruel decisions to deny sick and disabled people vital benefits.

Low-income households at risk as mortgage support benefit is axed

Crucial welfare payment will be turned into a loan from 2018, affecting 124,000 individuals who rely on it.

The road to ‘Cash Not Care’ – a personal voyage of research discovery

Disabled researcher and military veteran speaks about her own experiences of dealing with the DWP and the UK's welfare system.

Britain’s poor and vulnerable ‘living in fear’ of Universal Credit rollout

Single mum with Bipolar Disorder says she's constantly "living in fear" of the next DWP letter posted through her letterbox - and she isn't alone.

More children homeless or in temporary housing than during crash crisis

Estimated 128,000 children are without a home – more than were in the same situation in 2007 – says Shelter report.

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