Saturday, June 23, 2018

Welfare reform fueling rise in mental health conditions, GP suggests

GP suggests tougher assessments for ESA could be driving a rise in the number of people with mental health issues.

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.

‘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.

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.

‘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.

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.

Universal credit tips poor into hardship, says charity

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says cuts, debts and housing costs push poor over the edge.

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.

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.

DWP accused of ‘cack-handed’ reform to mortgage support benefits

29,000 homeowners have yet respond to news that their mortgage interest support payments are about to end.

Universal Credit causing a ‘hostile environment’ for thousands of families

Unite will be holding a 'National Day of Action against Universal Credit' on Thursday 24 May.

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.

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.

Unpaid carers face ‘benefits cliff edge’ under universal credit, say MPs

Many of Britain's 6.5 million unpaid carers could lose almost £65 a week in Carer's Allowance under Universal Credit.

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 must be scrapped’, says union

CWU condemn "cruel, heartless and uncaring attitude towards vulnerable people".

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.

One million children with working parents pushed into poverty since 2010

TUC report blames public sector pay restraints and cruel cuts to social security benefits.

Unmarried mother to challenge benefits loss in UK supreme court

Siobhan McLaughlin will fight state’s refusal to pay widowed parent’s allowance in Belfast.

Kinship carer benefits policy scrapped after court ruling

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

‘Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials’ – Trussell Trust

Universal Credit blamed for record numbers of people turning to foodbanks.

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