Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Tories turn their back on 45,000 disabled jobseekers

New 'Work and Health Programme' will help 45,000 fewer disabled people each year than the schemes it's replacing, report shows.

Work and Health Programme should be devolved to local authorities, say councils

Government should avoid repeating the mistakes of the failed Work Programme and devolve responsibility for the new Work and Health Programme to all local areas, say council leaders.

Tories To Slash Employment Support Funding By 80%

The UK Government is to slash funding for employment support programmes by up to 80% following the Spending Review.

Tories Scrap Mandatory ‘Work For Your Benefits’ Scheme

The government is replacing the 'Mandatory Work Activity' scheme and 'Community Work Placements' with a new 'Work and Health Programme'.

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.

Mentally Ill More Likely To Have Benefits Stopped Than Supported Into Work, Says Charity

Unemployed people with mental health conditions are more likely to have their benefits stopped than supported into work, damning figures show.

This Week On Welfare Weekly (18/09/2015)

Catch up with all of this weeks biggest news stories from Welfare Weekly and others.

‘Punitive’ Work Programme Makes Mental Health Problems Worse, Says Charity

The Work Programme is making people with mental problems more unwell and pushing them further away from work, a leading charity says.

The Psychologists Walking 100 Miles To Fight Austerity’s Impact On Mental Health

Psychologists embark on a mental health march to raise awareness of the devastating effect that cuts are having on their patients.

‘Failing’ Work Programme Finds Jobs For Just 9% Of Disabled People

Less than 9% of sick and disabled people find work lasting at least three months, after one year on the Work Programme.

Scottish Greens Pledge To Tackle Poverty And Roll Back Benefit Cuts

Scottish Greens have today (30 March) launched their 2015 general election manifesto, pledging to tackle poverty and rollback benefit cuts.

Work Programme A Waste Of Time For Long-Term Sickness Benefit Claimants

Less than 5% of long-term sick and disabled people find work through the Work Programme, DWP figures show.

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

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

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'.

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.

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.

Work Programme Providers ‘Parking’ Sick And Disabled On Benefits

The Work and Pensions Select Committee criticised Work Programme providers for spending less than half of what they promised on 'harder-to-help' benefit claimants.

Work Programme Isn’t Working, Say Local Authorities

Local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales are issuing a call for a radical re-think of welfare-to-work policies.

Work Programme Still Not Working, DWP Figures Show

The controversial Work Programme, dubbed 'workfare' by opponents to the scheme, is still failing to help large numbers of unemployed people into permanent work, figures show.

‘Fit For Work’ Tests ‘Far From Satisfactory’, Says Think Tank

The highly controversial 'fit for work' test is “far from satisfactory” for people with mental health problems, a damning new report has found.

Welfare Reforms In Breach Of ‘Legal Obligations’ To Protect Disabled People, Finds Landmark Report

The report will be submitted to the United Nations expert bodies that monitor implementation with the relevant human rights treaties.

Labour To Hand Lucrative ‘Workfare’ Contracts To Smaller Companies

Rachel Reeves MP said that she plans to “challenge the status quo” of Government commissioned Work Programme contracts by opening up the scheme to smaller providers.

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