Saturday, June 23, 2018

Call for universal credit split payments over domestic abuse risk

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

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.

‘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.

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.

Universal Credit changes don’t go far enough, say charities

Disabled universal credit claimants with severe disabilities to be 'compensated' for the loss of the Severe Disability Premium.

Disability benefit delays ‘underline need for devolved welfare powers’

Over 200,000 disabled people forced to wait all summer for the benefits they are legally entitled to.

Universal Credit traps vulnerable people in abusive relationships, MP’s told

Universal Credit single household payment "plays into the hands of a controlling, abusive partner", Work and Pensions Committee told.

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes.

SNP demand action on ‘inaccessible’ benefit assessment centres

DWP admit there is no policy to ensure benefit assessment centres have parking facilities within 20 meters.

DWP drop benefit sanctions ‘yellow card’ scheme because it’s not worth the ‘additional burden’

Scheme could have protected thousands of people from having their benefits wrongly 'sanctioned'.

Disabled woman who died from ‘massive heart attack’ was repeatedly refused benefits

Brother claims that repeatedly having to challenge flawed disability assessments became too much for his sister to bare.

Revealed: Three in four disabled people are winning disability benefit appeals

UK Government urged to "get a grip" of "fundamental flaws" in Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments.

MP blasts universal credit ‘cruelty’ as terminally ill are forced to fight for benefits

"People who are dying should not be forced to go to appointments with work coaches" - Drew Hendry MP

Complex rules for universal credit see one in five claims fail

Thousands feared to be out of pocket after applications turned down for ‘non-compliance with the process’.

Universal Credit ‘designed with little regard for the reality of self-employment’, say MPs

Universal Credit risks damaging aspiration and could leave some self-employed workers thousands of pounds a year worse off, report warns.

Most DWP staff think universal credit roll-out should be halted

Channel 4 Dispatches documentary exposes the misery caused by universal credit, including a young disabled mother who attempted suicide.

Kinship carer benefits policy scrapped after court ruling

Campaigners have been pressing ministers to exempt kinship carers from two-child limit.

Sick and disabled Brits killed by the state – crime without punishment

Successive UK Governments have restricted access to vital long-term sickness and disability benefits.

DWP response to benefits review ‘falls short’ of what is needed, say MPs

Work and Pensions Committee criticises Government response to two reports on PIP and ESA assessments.

Cruel Tory welfare regime proof the ‘nasty party’ never went away

SNP condemn "punitive, ideologically driven approach" of the Tory Party to welfare policy

DWP sent Windrush pensioner £33,000 bill for disability benefits

Valerie Baker was ordered to return ‘overpayments’ for past claims and threatened with deportation.

DWP face legal action over ESA underpayments

Charity to challenge DWP decision to limit backdated payments for disabled people who were underpaid when transferred to ESA.

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