Saturday, June 23, 2018

Councils used as ‘human shields’ for cuts, says John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor accuses government of forcing cash-strapped councils to absorb cuts.

DWP should declare a ‘Christmas truce’ on Universal Credit roll-out

Government must immediately pause the roll-out of Universal Credit "to prevent a human and political catastrophe", says Frank Field MP.

UK judges rule DWP wrong to deny appeals over refused benefits

Department for Work and Pensions unlawfully stopped people going to tribunal to challenge refusals, judges say.

Benefit cuts fuel 50% surge in mental illness among unemployed

Welfare cuts 'putting claimants under terrible mental and financial strain', say psychologists.

Unions warn of a ‘wage crisis’ as real-terms earnings continue to fall

Tories accused of "creating the longest period of falling real-terms pay since the Napoleonic wars".

Highlanders owe nearly £1 million in Universal Credit rent arrears

Highland Council leaders slam "ludicrously flawed" Universal Credit system.

One in four unpaid carers “have not had a day off” in five years, report finds

Unpaid carers in the UK are reaching "breaking point", charity warns.

Rural homelessness ‘hidden crisis’ needs attention, says thinktank

Research revealed the number of people sleeping rough in the countryside rose by up to 32% in the past five years.

‘Poverty pay should be outlawed’, says union

Government urged to introduce a 'real living wage' that reflects the rising cost of living.

Universal credit rollout should be delayed as it is ‘failing too many people’

Citizens Advice produces fresh evidence that new benefit is causing debt and financial insecurity among recipients.

Benefit Cap: Tories must ‘listen to the High Court’s judgement’, say Labour

DWP figures show that thousands of households affected by the benefit cap are single-parent families with young children.

Editorial: Where is the public outcry over the cruel benefits freeze?

Are the poor and disabled any less deserving of our support than public service workers?

Millions of working families ‘struggle to make ends meet’, report says

Government urged to lift the freeze on working-age benefits and tax credits.

Vulnerable people left ‘betrayed’ by England’s care and nursing homes

The Care Quality Commission has underlined the inadequate quality of care in examples of English care and nursing homes that failed their inspections.

Tory treatment of women hit by pension age hike ‘an absolute disgrace’

SNP MP Mhairi Black blasted the government's treatment of WASPI women.

Women hit by pension age change ‘can take up apprenticeships’

Minister Guy Opperman’s comments enrage ‘Waspi’ campaigners – and Conservative MPs join criticism of policy.

SNP condemn ‘callous’ Jobcentre closures

Closures mean people will have to travel much further to attend a Jobcentre.

MP urges DWP to drop its ‘truly shocking’ benefits cap appeal

DWP minister admitted that the appeal could cost up to £40,000.

Zero-hours contracts are ‘bad for your health’, says study

Young people on zero-hours contracts are less likely to be in good health and more likely to suffer mental health problems.

UK minimum wage law ‘should cover more self-employed workers’

Rules should apply to those whose prices are set by a firm, such as Uber and minicab drivers, says Resolution Foundation.

Tory councillor suspended over ‘racist’ anti-welfare Facebook post

Rosemary Carroll claimed she had published the post 'by mistake'.

Disabled researcher slams ‘dangerous and totally discredited’ benefit tests

Work capability assessment 'creates unnecessary preventable harm', says researcher.

Disabled woman ‘forced to crawl up stairs’ to attend a benefits assessment

Disability charity says "no one should be forced to drag themselves up a staircase in order to attend their benefits appointment".

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