Thursday, June 21, 2018

Universal Credit hits parents with £1,000 upfront ‘childcare debt’, says charity

Families face upfront childcare bills that have reached £1,000, says Save The Children.

Council ignored medical evidence when deciding man’s housing application

Croydon council failed to take into account a man’s life-threatening health conditions, says Ombudsman.

Number of new social homes has plummeted by almost 90% under Tories

Labour say "it’s clear Ministers are still not building the homes the country needs".

Call for universal credit split payments over domestic abuse risk

Report reveals current system is increasing women's vulnerability to financial abuse.

‘Senseless’ disability benefit rule costs the NHS at least £7.7 million a year

20 metre PIP rule is preventing people with MS from accessing the support they need, says MS Society.

‘Scandal’ of mentally ill rough sleepers left to die on London’s streets

Research shows a substantial rise in number of rough sleepers with mental health issues who have died on London's streets.

DWP scrap ‘unnecessary’ repeat benefit assessments for severely sick and disabled

Campaigners describe the announcement as "a piecemeal solution for a broken system" and call for further improvements.

Homeless lack specialist counselling services, says charity

Nearly 9 in 10 homeless people have experienced serious mental health issues, according to a new report.

MP demands answers on ‘shambolic’ universal credit roll-out

Damning NAO report exposed numerous failings and confirmed the flagship welfare reform causes poverty and hardship.

Tory plans will see job applicants asked about their social class

Employers to be encouraged to ask potential employees sensitive questions about their socio-economic background.

‘Hidden housing crisis’ is damaging disabled people’s health, warns charity

365,000 disabled people "trapped" in unsuitable homes and unable to find accessible housing.

‘Shambolic’ universal credit may never deliver value for money, says damning report

Damning NAO report concludes that "Universal Credit has not delivered value for money and it is uncertain that it ever will".

Universal Credit ‘discriminates’ against disabled people, High Court rules

Two severely disabled men were forced to miss out on £178 a month in vital benefits.

Tory disdain for disabled people knows no limits, official figures reveal

Thousands of severely sick and disabled people forced to fight for vital financial support.

Dads get naked to raise awareness about men’s mental health

Mental health affects us all, regardless of gender. The Dad Network want to encourage all men to find the path to a healthier, happier version of themselves so ultimately, they can be the best fathers possible. The Dad Network has decided...

‘Wage growth stuck in the slow lane’ despite high employment

Real wage growth remains unchanged at just 0.4%, according to the latest ONS figures.

Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows

Some councils in England ‘cannot go on’ without long-term funding to underpin care.

MP’s slam ‘shoddy’ and ‘error-ridden’ disability benefit assessment reports

Committee criticises the accuracy and fairness of benefit assessment reports by private firms Atos, Capita and Maximus.

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