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Welfare News Service Summary – Week Ending Sunday 22 June 2014

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Number of Brits suffering from malnutrition has soared under the Tories

Labour described the shocking increase in malnutrition cases as "unforgivable" and said government ministers "should be ashamed".

Benefit claimant with broken back killed himself after being found ‘fit for work’ by DWP

He was left pennniless and unable to pay the rent or top up his electricity meter.

Universal Credit staff poised for further walk-outs

PCS union warns that strike action could spread to more Universal Credit Services Centres.

UK pensioners ‘suffering the worst poverty rate in western Europe’

Tories warned against further rises to the state pension age.

Below are links to all of the news reports and press releases published by the Welfare News Service (WNS) in the last week, together with a short description of each story.

Don’t forget that you can send us letters (letters@welfarenewsservice.com), as well as press releases or news items (news@welfarenewsservice.com) to the email addresses provided.

Job Prospects For Young People Not In Full-Time Education ‘Deteriorating’, Say TUC

Young people not in full-time education are now less likely to be in work than people of other age groups, according to a report published by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Austerity Protest: BBC News 24 Cut Me Off!

Campaigner telephoned BBC News to ask why they had apparently failed to cover austerity protests in London – he was promptly cut off.

Tens Of Thousands March Against Government Austerity Cuts (Pictures)

Tens of thousands of people converged on London to protest against the coalition government’s austerity cuts.

Young Greens Slam Labour’s Attack On Youth Benefits

The Young Greens, the youth branch of the Green Party of England and Wales, have slammed Ed Miliband’s plan to abolish Job Seekers’ Allowance for 18-21 year olds.

Personal Independence Payments ‘Nothing Short Of A Fiasco’

The Public Accounts Select Committee described the implementation of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as ‘nothing short of a fiasco, pushing sick and disabled people into the arms of loan sharks and food banks.

Disabled Equality Campaigners Twitter Abuse Hell

The Twitter abuse ranges from vague, general threats in broken English to personal, homophobic and disablist comments, images and overt threats.

Labour Councillors Battle To Save Cheshire Care Home From Tory Closure

A number of respondents to a public consultation were concerned that a decision to close Mountview Care Home had been taken and that it was a done deal.

Pregnant EU Migrant Denied Benefits In The UK Was Entitled To Payments, Court Rules

Jessy Saint Prix gave up working as a teaching assistant in the final stages of her pregnancy and attempted to claim benefits in the UK.

Labour Should Give Young People Help And Hope, Say Unite

Unite say that Labour need to “step away from the Tory rhetoric of sanction and punishment”.

Government Criticised For Over-Emphasising 0.7% Benefit Fraud

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has accused the coalition government of over-emphasising benefit fraud in a report on fraud and error in the benefits system.

Ed Miliband’s Condition Of Britain Speech In Full

Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech at the launch of the IPPR Condition of Britain report.

Ed Miliband To Set Out Plans To Cut Benefits For Young Jobless

Labour leader sets out reforms based on training incentives as poll finds 78% of voters think welfare system unfair.

Plans To Close Disabled Persons Independent Living Fund Should Be Scrapped, Say PCS

Disabled people could lose their independence as a result of a cut to a key fund, a government minister admitted.

UK Poor Among Worst Off In Europe

The SNP is highlighting analysis from a think tank which finds the lowest income 20 per cent of British households are among the poorest in Western Europe.

Cuts May Undermine Work Incentives In Universal Credit

Thinktank launches expert review of welfare scheme, saying policy changes have not received sufficient scrutiny.

The NHS Is STILL The Best Health Care Service In The Developed World, Survey Shows

The NHS isn’t perfect, but it is STILL regarded as the very best health care service in the developed world,.. and one of the cheapest.

Pensioners Call For £62 Rise In Weekly State Pension To Combat Poverty Among Older People

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) will call for the state pension to increase from £113 a week to £175, in a bid to help lift older people out of poverty.

‘Worst Fears Confirmed’ As Only 24 Syrian Refugees Resettled In Britain, Say Campaigners

The government has conceded only 24 Syrian refugees have arrived in Britain as part of its resettlement programme for Syria, the Vulnerable Persons Relocation scheme.

£15 Million To Support Scotland’s Disadvantaged Children And Families

Thousands of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children, young people and families are set to benefit from £15 million new funding over the next year, Aileen Campbell has announced.

Army Of Home Carers Plan ‘Virtual Strike’ In Heartbreaking Plea To Iain Duncan Smith

An ‘army’ of home carers are planning a virtual strike on 21 June to highlight the governments non-recognition of those who work ’round the clock’ caring for sick, disabled or elderly friends or relatives.

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