This Week On Welfare Weekly – Week Ending 19 December 2015

This Week

Jeremy Corbyn Says He Opposes Making EU Migrants Wait To Receive Benefits

Labour leader rejects policy set out in party manifesto for 2015 election and says all UK taxpayers should have access to benefits.

Number Of Homeless Families Living In B&Bs Hits 12-Year High In England

DCLG figures reveal 45% rise in households with children living in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation.

‘Grave Concern’ Over Potential Changes To ‘Vital Benefit’

Carers UK warns of "serious repercussions" for carers if the budget and responsibility for Attendance Allowance is devolved to local authorities.

Bedroom Tax: Three In Four Affected Have Cut Back On Food, DWP Research Shows

Claimants regularly run out of money and have to dip into savings or borrow, and only one in nine have escaped policy by moving home.

Nine In Ten Universal Credit Claimants In Rent Arrears

A survey shows that 89% of Universal Credit claimants have fallen behind on rent repayments since the new benefit was introduced.

Universal Credit Claimant Has Benefits Stopped, Whilst Waiting To Start Work At DWP

SNP MP Alison Thewliss was shocked to hear about the ridiculous situation faced by a man from her Glasgow constituency.

Benefit Cuts Under Universal Credit Could Be Illegal, Says Labour

Shadow work and pensions secretary says differences between tax credits and new welfare system are discriminatory and leave families worse off.

Rethink Cuts To Employment and Support Allowance, Says Tory MP

Cuts would 'increase the burden on people who are already coping with serious illness or disability', says Jeremy Lefroy MP.

ISIS Twitter Accounts Linked To DWP Internet Addresses

Hackers claim to have traced at least three ISIS-supported social media accounts back to DWP offices.

Tories Cautioned Against ‘Popping Out The Champagne’ Over Employment Figures

Unite warned that a fall in unemployment masked a continued rise in low-paid and insecure jobs, adding foodbanks were 'bracing themselves for their heaviest demand ever'.

Housing Benefit Cuts Will Have ‘Devastating Impact’ On Homeless Young People

More than four in ten homeless young people could be affected by Government cuts to housing support, according to a new report.

David Cameron Faces Compromise Over Plans For EU Migrants’ Welfare Access

EU commissioner proposes block on claims for first six months, far cry from prime minister’s hopes for four-year exclusion.

Care Worker Scheme Axed After George Osborne Withdraws Funding

Scheme to develop role of care practitioners and address shortages is scrapped along with projects designed to boost opportunities for women.

‘Skivers’ Label ‘Neither Realistic Nor Helpful’, Say MSPs

Future provision of social security in Scotland should be about preserving the dignity and respect of benefit claimants, say MSPs.

Tories To Slash Employment Support Funding By 80%

The UK Government is to slash funding for employment support programmes by up to 80% following the Spending Review.