Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Charities see requests for support more than double during Covid-19 pandemic

Grant-giving charities have seen applications for financial and non-financial support increase significantly since lockdown began.

Nearly 200,000 over 50s ‘forced into retirement’ since the Covid outbreak

Analysis also shows that the number of over 50s claiming universal credit has almost doubled.

BAME workers take biggest financial hit from coronavirus pandemic

Black and ethic minority groups hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, survey shows.

1 in 4 working carers consider giving up work due to pressures of balancing work and caring responsibilities

Research finds that 1.6 million working carers struggle to combine their work and care responsibilities.

Over 600,000 jobs lost to COVID-19 as Labour calls for an urgent ‘Back To Work’ budget

Latests figures also show a 125.9% rise in the number of people claiming benefits.

Covid-19 gives us a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ to improve the lives of key workers

The jobs and skills that have kept the country going must be rewarded with more than applause.

Coronavirus crisis is ‘exposing critical gaps in the UK’s welfare safety net’

Think tank calls for a £221 per week 'mininum income guarantee'.

1 in 3 businesses in the Midlands and Northern England in danger of collapse, risking millions of jobs

Coronavirus pandemic could have a long-term impact on businesses and jobs.

Coronavirus: Half of UK workers will struggle to pay bills in coming months, say researchers

Researchers warn the financial fallout caused by coronavirus will worsen existing economic inequalities without urgent support.

Minimum wage rises to £8.72 an hour but critics call for a ‘Real Living Wage’

'Real Living Wage' must be adopted "as soon as possible" to help those affected by the coronavirus crisis, says TUC.

Urgent action still needed to support self-employed, says poverty charity

Government plans don't go far enough and Universal Credit should not be seen as a viable solution for the self-employed.

Self-employed to be offered grants of up to £2,500 a month – but they’ll have to wait until June

Coronavirus support package for the self-employed 'fails to deliver for many households already in difficulty.'

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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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