Monday, January 20, 2020

This week on Welfare Weekly – week ending 11 January 2020

Catch up with all the latest news and developments from your independent welfare news publisher.

Must Read

Woman who can collapse at any moment due to a rare heart condition is denied benefits

Gail Ward was told that she did not qualify for PIP payments, despite living with a potentially life-threatening heart condition.

Free period products to be made available in all schools and colleges in England

New government scheme is designed to combat stigma and tackle 'period poverty'.

Stroke care facing a ‘ticking time-bomb’, says charity

Charity warns that the number of stroke professionals in the UK is at a worryingly low level.

5,000 sick and disabled people died awaiting benefit repayments after ‘scandalous’ DWP error

"That 5,000 disabled people were denied the proper support to live independently before they died is scandalous."

A homeless person dies every 19 hours in austerity Britain

Services are failing to protect homelessness people, say campaigners.
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Charities call for an end to the unfair ‘six month rule’.
“We need to see significant changes to the way the Universal Credit is designed and delivered to ensure it supports the people who need it.”
TUC calls on government to raise living standards and help families with dangerous levels of debt.
Almost 600,000 food parcels were handed out to families facing hardship in Scotland over 18 months.
Familes are facing homelessness because of errors in the way local authorities calculate housing benefit entitlements.
Scottish Tory leadership candidate doubles down on “ugly” comments made about benefit claimants.
Eradicating child poverty remains a priority for Plaid Cymru, says Leader Adam Price.
Government urged to increase housing benefit to help tackle rising homelessness.
Council failed to correctly calculate the family’s housing benefit entitlement.
Tower Hamlets council failed in their duty of care to protect a pregnant woman from homelessness.
Jodey took her own life after her benefits were stopped.
Keir Starmer’s comments on benefit fraud in 2013 may have hardened public opinion of all benefit claimants.
Outrage at new barriers to Universal Credit appeals process.
Scheme provides early support for families with ‘deep rooted problems’ to get their lives back on track.

Latest News

Woman who can collapse at any moment due to a rare heart condition is denied benefits

Gail Ward was told that she did not qualify for PIP payments, despite living with a potentially life-threatening heart condition.

Free period products to be made available in all schools and colleges in England

New government scheme is designed to combat stigma and tackle 'period poverty'.

Stroke care facing a ‘ticking time-bomb’, says charity

Charity warns that the number of stroke professionals in the UK is at a worryingly low level.

5,000 sick and disabled people died awaiting benefit repayments after ‘scandalous’ DWP error

"That 5,000 disabled people were denied the proper support to live independently before they died is scandalous."

Charity exposes ‘glaring employment gap’ for people with epilepsy

Employment rate for people with epilepsy is far lower than for those with most other disabilities.

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