Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tag: Welfare Reform

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.

Rising homelessness numbers ‘a national outrage’

New figures reveal that the number of households accepted as statutory homeless in England has increased by more than 60% since 2009.

Tories ‘turning a blind eye’ to rising foodbank use, says SNP

Department for Work and Pensions admit it does not collect data on the numbers of foodbank users.

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.

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.

One in three people with MS refused disability benefit

DWP reject around a third of new claims for Personal Independence Payment from people with Multiple Sclerosis.

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.

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.

New universal credit claimants ‘will get no money before Christmas’

Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season.

DWP blunder sees 75,000 sick and disabled underpaid £500m in benefits

Frank Field, Chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, said the scale of the error is of "historic proportions".

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