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Woman who can collapse at any moment due to a rare heart condition is denied benefits

Gail Ward was told that she did not qualify for PIP payments, despite living with a potentially life-threatening heart condition.
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Free period products to be made available in all schools and colleges in England

New government scheme is designed to combat stigma and tackle 'period poverty'.

Stroke care facing a ‘ticking time-bomb’, says charity

Charity warns that the number of stroke professionals in the UK is at a worryingly low level.

5,000 sick and disabled people died awaiting benefit repayments after ‘scandalous’ DWP error

"That 5,000 disabled people were denied the proper support to live independently before they died is scandalous."

Charity exposes ‘glaring employment gap’ for people with epilepsy

Employment rate for people with epilepsy is far lower than for those with most other disabilities.

One in five adults have experienced child abuse, research shows

ONS research reveals that 1 in 5 adults in England and Wales experienced a form of child abuse before they turned 16.

More than 100,000 disabled people lose Motability vehicles when reassessed for PIP

Disability rights charity described the latest figures as a "scandal" and called for urgent reform to the PIP assessment.

DWP slammed over rising number of benefit underpayments

Proportion of benefit claimants who have been underpaid due to official errors has risen by 86% since 2011-12.

Jobcentre staff to target homeless people in new £3m government scheme

Charities say government should focus on the root causes of homelessness and invest in the benefits system.

This week on Welfare Weekly – week ending 11 January 2020

Catch up with all the latest news and developments from your independent welfare news publisher.

Up to 2,000 terminally ill people have died awaiting DWP benefit decisions

Charities call for an end to the unfair 'six month rule'.

Citizens Advice demands ‘fundamental overhaul’ of Universal Credit system

"We need to see significant changes to the way the Universal Credit is designed and delivered to ensure it supports the people who need it."

Unsecured debt hits new peak of £14,540 per household, says TUC

TUC calls on government to raise living standards and help families with dangerous levels of debt.

SNP: Tories must “wake up” to the growing food bank crisis

Almost 600,000 food parcels were handed out to families in hardship in Scotland over 18 months.

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