Saturday, June 23, 2018

‘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.

No wonder people on benefits live in fear. Supermarkets spy on them now

It’s bad enough that we demonise the poor and disabled – now they can’t even leave their homes or use social media in peace.

Government must do more to support young people on benefits – report

Harsh benefit rules mean some young people are forced to live on less than £3 a day, report says.

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes.

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'.

‘Disability employment gap has barely changed in a decade’, figures show

Disability charity Scope questions whether the UK Government is honoring its commitment to halve the disability employment gap.

Military veterans should not be subjected to benefit sanctions – new study

Study is the first to focus specifically on how veterans experience the benefits system and asks whether commitments to the armed forced covenant are being honoured.

Cruel Tory benefit sanctions regime to face committee inquiry

Work and Pensions Committee to investigate "copious evidence of claimants being docked hundreds of pounds".

UK unemployment increases for the second quarter in a row

Unemployment increased by 24,000 between November 2017 to January 2018, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

How much do you know about the UK’s welfare system? Take our quiz!

Test your basic knowledge and understanding of the benefits system and social exclusion.

‘Rise in unemployment is further evidence of the Tories’ economic failure’, say Labour

ONS figures show unemployment increased by 46,000 between July to September 2017 and October to December 2017.

Universal credit all-party report raises fears over workability of system

Findings flag up ‘considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits’ seven years on.

Former DWP employee ‘sanctioned for going to a funeral’ in fear of eviction

Garreth Forrest saw his benefit payments slashed by more than £500 a month.

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds

Large families and jobless worst hit by rising costs and austerity, with 32% and 36% missing meals.

UK sick pay is found to breach international legal obligations

Statutory sick pay and employment support allowance is “manifestly inadequate”, says European committee of social rights.

Sickness benefit claimants left with not enough to live on, say campaigners

Major study finds the majority of people on sickness benefits are struggling to make ends meet, thanks to Tory cuts.

Ben Bradley under fire for blogpost urging jobless people to have vasectomies

MP appointed as Conservative party vice-chair wrote article in 2012 saying unemployed people should not have large families.

Revealed: Universal Credit capability for work questionnaire

Official universal credit capability for work questionnaire.

The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits

Study finds many people are not claiming support they are entitled to and warns some are put off by the benefits system.

David Gauke claims benefit sanctions help people into work (video)

Work and Pensions Secretary defended the Government's controversial benefit sanctions regime on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

Disabled gran who attempted suicide after being found ‘fit for work’ has her benefits reinstated

The disabled 60-year-old feared she may lose her home after the DWP slashed her ESA benefit.

DWP agrees to reform benefit appeals process following pressure from MPs

80% target for upholding original PIP and ESA decisions at the first stage of appeal will be dropped.

Work capability assessment ‘failing the most vulnerable in society’

SNP MP says the UK Government's controversial work capability assessment system is 'not fit for purpose' and should be reviewed.

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