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

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

DWP refuse over half of emergency requests for ‘lifeline’ benefit payments

Labour MP Frank Field says the UK Government is creating "state-sponsored destitution", as new figures show a "gaping hole" in the welfare safety net.

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.

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.

Inquiry into disability benefits ‘deluged’ by tales of despair

More than 3,000 people have written to work and pensions committee in despair at system, many saying they have been driven to suicidal thoughts.

Universal Credit roll-out ‘depressing news for poorer families’

Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Frank Field MP, has criticised the DWP's decision to press ahead with the 'flawed' Universal Credit system.

May Day report by MPs damns growing UK gig economy

Work and pensions committee says employers force workers into bogus self-employment and free-ride on welfare state.

Solving serious concerns with Universal Credit an ‘urgent priority’

Work and Pensions Committee Chair Frank Field has written to Damian Green, highlighting serious concerns with Universal Credit.

Government has broken vow on bereavement benefit cuts, says MP

Frank Field wants ministers to explain why policy will save £100m a year despite pledge not to slash funding for parents.

Rules stopping MPs helping benefit claimants to be scrapped

U-turn by ministers comes after Guardian revealed DWP was preventing MPs from pursuing individual universal credit cases.

Curbs on MPs helping benefit claimants are a ‘barrier to justice’

Frank Field attacks rule that says politicians cannot discuss individual cases with DWP unless clients have given explicit consent online.

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction.

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support.

‘Reign of terror’ tax credit company loses HMRC contract

US firm Concentrix heavily criticised by Frank Field will not be given further work by tax collector.

Work and Pensions Secretary quizzed on welfare changes

Damian Green questioned on changes to disability benefits, Universal Credit and the future of the controversial welfare cap.

Universal credit delays forcing people to food banks, says MP

Delays in government’s flagship welfare reform has caused debt, rent arrears and health problems, says Labour MP Frank Field.

MPs To Investigate How Many Pension Schemes Are At Risk Of Failing

Select committee announces wide ranging inquiry into occupational pension schemes amid its scrutiny of £571m deficit at BHS.

Frank Field Proposes National Wage Top-Up For Lower Paid Over-50s

Labour MP and welfare reform campaigner says idea would help counter higher unemployment rate among 50–64 age group.

Benefit Delays Leave Tens Of Thousands Dependent On Food Banks

Delays in processing benefit payments are leaving tens of thousands of vulnerable people in hardship and dependent on the generosity of food banks.

Grieving Low-Income Families Pushed Into Funeral Poverty, Say MPs

Rising cost of basic ceremonies and lack of state support risks ‘return to miserable pauper’s funerals’, says Frank Field.

Cuts ‘Will See 200,000 Disabled People Lose £3,000 A Year’

Labour analysis finds another 400,000 people will lose £1,400 as campaigners attack George Osborne’s plans.

Government Should Open ‘The Next Front In Welfare Reform’, Says Labour MP

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills should tackle employers and landlords dependent on tax credits and Housing Benefit, says Frank Field MP.




Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".