Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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Cutting benefits doesn’t just hurt the poor, it damages the economy too

Removing the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit will take money out of the economy, report says.

New child poverty data reveals the shocking extent of hardship in the UK

"The children affected are on a cliff edge, and the pandemic will only sweep them further into danger."

Families on Universal Credit face a ‘cold, hard winter’ with 26% already cutting back on heating

PM Boris Johnson urged to increase benefits and retain the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit.

DWP has no legal duty to safeguard vulnerable claimants, says Thérèse Coffey

DWP Secretary's comments described as "shameful" and "dangerous" by a leading disability charity.

Over 50 organisations call for £20 a week Universal Credit increase to be made permanent

Joint letter warns that millions of households face losing over £1,000 a year.

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".

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.

DWP splashes £120m fighting disability benefit appeals despite record claimant success rates

UK government urged to fundamentally overhaul the disability benefits system.

Tories urged to strenghthen welfare protections after 6 million fall behind on bills due to Covid

Hardest hit include carers, key workers, black people, people with disabilities and those who are shielding.

More than half a million UK pensioners missing out on free TV licences

Over 75's urged to claim their Pension Credit entitlement to get a free TV licence.

DWP Secretary rejects Labour’s call to extend benefit sanctions ban

Labour's Shadow DWP Secretary said it was "untenable" to lift the ban on sanctions when unemployment is rising and job availability is falling.

DWP faces legal action from disabled student blocked from claiming Universal Credit

DWP refused to undertake a work capability assessment on the basis that she was a full-time student.

DWP will not be appealing Court of Appeal defeat on Universal Credit

"Unlawful" policy had a "severely harmful impact" on four working women.

Charities demand council tax reform as ban on face-to-face bailiff collection ends

"Government changes risk creating debt D-Day of 23 August", charities warn.

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