Saturday, May 25, 2019

Press Releases

Universal Credit split payments given to only 20 claimants

DWP ignoring the needs of vulnerable claimants at risk of domestic abuse, says SNP.

Universal Credit ‘causing hardship and emotional distress’, says mental health charity

DWP urged to pause the continued roll-out of Universal Credit until problems with the new benefit system are fixed.

Thousands turned away from benefit assessments due to staff shortages

DWP staff shortages adding 'undue stress' to disability assessments, says SNP.

Child benefit changes cost struggling families £450 a year, says Unison

Changes linked to the rise in child poverty, household debt and the use of food banks.

Pension Credit changes could cost pensioners other benefits, charity warns

Those affected by the £7k cut could also lose access to other benefits.

Autistic boy denied a proper education for a year due to council failings

Cornwall Council did not provide him with the right support sooner, says Ombudsman

Majority of people facing £7k pension credit cut are disabled, figures show

UK Government urged to reverse planned cuts to pension credit.

Two disabled households left worse off on Universal Credit aim for court of appeal

High Court rejected a claim of unlawful discrimination brought by the two disabled households.

Scottish government to take over control of devolved benefits from April 2020

SNP hail “historic moment” for social security in Scotland, but opposition parties criticise decison to delay taking over full control until 2024.

Scottish Labour branded ‘shameless’ after refusing to back benefits boost for carers

Party voted against new regulations to uprate Carer's Allowance by the cost of living.

SNP demand an urgent review over ESA benefit underpayments ‘scandal’

Around 20,000 sick and disabled ESA benefit claimants have died whilst owed overdue back-payments.

Tory MSP ‘doesn’t know’ what benefits have been devolved to Scotland

Michelle Ballantyne MSP faces further criticism in her position as the Tories’ welfare spokesperson.

Nearly half of children in private rented homes are living in poverty

The number of children in private rented homes who are living in poverty has increased by 69% since 2008.

Tories challenged over ‘outrageous’ pension credit cut

Government under pressure to overturn 7-year-old cut to pension topup.

MP blasts Tory refusal to provide individual Universal Credit payments

SNP say policy puts domestic abuse survivors at greater risk of further abuse.

Politicians and charities demand ‘crucial’ reforms to Universal Credit to protect victims of domestic abuse

SNP warn of an increased risk of financial abuse under the current Universal Credit system.

Tories hand private firms £95 BILLION in public service contracts

The total value of outsourcing contracts soared by 53% in the past year alone, despite the collapse of Carillion.

DWP urged to follow Scotland’s example and increase carers’ benefits

Charity slams Carers Allowance "postcode lottery".

Family with disabled children get the shock of their lives after firm re-surfaces their drive free of charge

The Burns family got an unexpected helping hand after a company boss learned about the difficulties they face.

Thousands have missed out on six months of disability benefit payments

Thousands have lost out on disability payments for six months as a result of being moved to Universal Credit.

Tories plough on with Universal Credit without vital fixes

Delay in rollout ignores the well documented flaws in the Government's flagship welfare reform.

Shocking figures spark calls for the MoD to house homeless veterans

"Risk of homelessness is all too common among veterans", says MSP.

Over 200 housing associations pledge to tackle homelessness crisis

National Housing Federation welcome "positive" commitment to ending rough sleeping and homelessness.

Universal Credit is leaving women open to domestic abuse, says MP

85% of domestic abuse survivors say requesting Universal Credit split payments would only make the abuse worse.


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