Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tag: Universal Credit

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.

Revealed: Universal Credit capability for work questionnaire

Official universal credit capability for work questionnaire.

The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits

Study finds many people are not claiming support they are entitled to and warns some are put off by the benefits system.

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.

May accused of ignoring the plight of terminally ill universal credit claimants

Universal credit claimants with a terminal illness forced to meet with work coaches, or fit into an arbitrary 6 month prognosis in order to claim support.

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 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.

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.

Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports

DWP forced to hand internal assessment reports to the work and pensions committee, but MPs say the public should also be allowed access.

UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty

Almost 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more pensioners plunged into poverty in past four years, new study finds.

Letters: Council withdraws proposal to fine homeless £1,000 for using tents

Homeless people in Stoke still face swingeing cuts to vital support services.

Universal credit helpline’s festive closure could mean destitution, says MP

Labour MP Frank Field says closure of helpline for eight days over Christmas risks leaving some of poorest claimants without money for food.

Theresa May ‘behaving like Scrooge’ over Universal Credit hardship

Thousands of families are "facing utter misery" over Christmas due to Universal Credit wait, says Unite.

Universal Credit changes ‘do not go far enough’, says Debbie Abrahams

Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said thousands of people will be left without adequate financial support this Christmas.

Tories under pressure over Universal Credit ‘flaws and failings’

SNP to present a 'Ten Minute Rule Bill' at Westminster, aimed at improving the options available for Universal Credit claimants.

Britain on course for the longest fall in living standards since records began

Resolution Foundation says Brits face the "longest period of continuous falls in disposable incomes in over 60 years".

Higher rate UK taxpayers gain most in budget changes

Rise in personal tax allowance benefits higher ratepayers by £340 a year with basic rate band £70 better off and universal credit recipients better by just 50p per week.

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare system rollout to be paused and fixed.

Labour attacks universal credit as ‘not fit for purpose’

Opposition calls for major changes, including cuts to the six-week period that claimants have to wait for payments.

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