Wednesday, January 20, 2021

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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.

Disabled dad left in ‘mouldy and mouse-infested’ temporary accommodation for three years

Ombudsman investigation found that the council failed in its duty to provide suitable accommodation.

Elderly man suffers after council splits him from his wife

Ombudsman says council "made inadequate efforts to help the man see his wife".

‘The Forgotten Angels’ – Why we must act now to prevent a collapse of Social Care

One woman speaks out about the desperate need to support a social care system on the brink of collapse.

Government’s ‘deafening silence’ a year on from damning ‘access to welfare’ report branded ‘shameful’

“The ‘six-month rule’ severely restricts access to vital financial support for many terminally ill people."

86% of parents of autistic children felt lack of government support during lockdown

Families of autistic young people need to feel confident in the amount of support available.

BAME workers take biggest financial hit from coronavirus pandemic

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

Charities call for an independent inquiry into benefit deaths

Leading charities and mental health organisations join forces to 'stop benefit deaths'.

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.

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.

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.

Government urged to change the law on ‘intimidating and threatening’ debt collection letters

People in problem debt are three times more likely to have considered taking their own life.

Judges slam ‘unlawful’ Universal Credit rules as four single mums win Court of Appeal case

Up to 85,000 universal credit claimants may be affected by the ruling.

One in four UK adults at risk of hunger and potential malnutrition following lockdown

Families are struggling to afford and access enough food during the Coronavirus pandemic, survey finds.

Boris Johnson lied about falling child poverty rates, SNP claim

PM accused of falsely claiming that child poverty rates are declining.

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