Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Disability

PM challenged over inadequate ESA benefit payments during coronavirus lockdown

"People who are sick or disabled also deserve an increase in legacy benefit support", says SNP MP.

DWP urged to fix ‘unacceptable two-tier’ disability benefits system amid Covid-19 pandemic

System discriminates against some people who will not see their benefits claim extended due to Covid-19.

Over half a million food parcels delivered to people ‘shielding’ from Covid-19

Each box contains enough food to last a single person one week and includes fresh fruit and sanitary items.

Disability benefits extended by six months if due reassessment within three months

Disability benefit awards extended by six months for those due to be reassessed in the next three months.

Charities at risk of collapse amid coronavirus pandemic

Charities urge government to 'save our sector'.

Coronavirus: Over 100 disability charities sign open letter to DWP demanding urgent benefit changes

More than 100 disability organisations sign open letter demanding better protections for disabled people affected by coronavirus pandemic.

Benefit assessments suspended for three months while new claimants told to stay away from Jobcentres

Coronavirus: DWP suspends all benefit reviews and reassessments for at least three months.

Government urged not to remove Care Act rights from disabled people

Removing rights and protections from disabled people who are most at risk from Coronavirus cannot be justified, say charities.

Face-to-face benefit assessments suspended due to Coronavirus outbreak

Face-to-face benefit benefit assessments for all sickness and disability benefits have been suspended for three months.

Tories urged to follow Scotland’s lead on welfare rules for the terminally ill

Under current rules the terminally ill can only be fast-tracked through the benefits system if they've been given less than 6 months to live.

DWP loses more disability discrimination cases than any other employer

DWP spent nearly £1 million on tribunal payments and out of court settlements between 2016-19.

DWP to trial single service disability benefit assessments

Assessments for ESA, PIP, and Universal Credit will be rolled into one, meaning claimants will only have to attend a single assessment.

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1.6 million households hit by £60 cut to benefits in just one month

DWP urged to scrap universal credit advance "loans" before thousands more are pushed into debt.

Tories warned of ‘mass unemployment’ as number of people out of work hits two-year high

UK government urged to extend the furlough scheme to protect workers.

Whingeing Lords demand hardship fund despite £162 daily allowance

Documents "expose the total privilege and sheer arrogance of unelected Lords at Westminster".

DWP to hire thousands of new work coaches amid Covid-19 job losses

"Getting Britain back to work as quickly as possible is vital", says DWP minister.

Universal Credit increase must be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits

Reversing the increase risks plunging 700,000 more people into poverty, report says.

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