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Friday, 6 December 2013
Universal Credit may not hit 2017 deadline, says Duncan SmithWork and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has told the BBC that the Universal Credit programme may not be complete by 2017 as planned.
Mr Duncan Smith told a committee of MPs in July and the Commons in September that the 2017 plan remained in place.
But he has now said some people receiving Employment Support Allowance may not be transferred in time.
The government estimates about ...
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn expertsHunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.
In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government ...
Call to halt fitness-for-work test for disabled people as court upholds rulingWork capability assessment disadvantages people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and autism, finds court of appeal.
The fitness-for-work test used to determine whether hundreds of thousands of disabled people are eligible to claim sickness benefits puts people with learning difficulties, mental health problems and autism at a disadvantage, the court of appeal has found, upholding ...
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Sickness benefits legal challenge to continueTwo people with mental health problems can continue their challenge against government tests for sickness benefit, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
In May, judges ruled the Work Capability Assessment put people with mental illness, autism and learning difficulties at a disadvantage.
The government immediately appealed and the challenge was put on hold.
Judges at the Court of Appeal ...
Monday, 2 December 2013
Autumn Statement 2013: Britain can no longer afford welfare state, warns OsborneThe welfare state is unaffordable, George Osborne will tell MPs this week, and permanent cuts will be required to make the public finances “sustainable”.
The Chancellor will use his Autumn Statement on Thursday to set out more details of a new cap on welfare spending after the next general election.
It is an attempt to put permanent limits on around £100 billion ...
Bridging the digital divideThe internet has revolutionised our lives, but for one in four people it still remains a mystery. We found out why voluntary organisations are helping people get connected.
“Why would I want to use the internet? I didn’t think it was necessary and when you get to my time in life, you think why should I bother,” says 81-year-old Fiona Steven from Edinburgh. “Then, I realised ...
Friday, 29 November 2013
Iain Duncan Smith spends £75,000 to learn Bedroom Tax is hatedIain Duncan Smith has spent more than £75,000 on polling the popularity of the Bedroom Tax.
The money spent by the Work and Pensions Secretary would have paid the tax for more than 5,300 victims of the hated policy.
The Department of Work and Pensions paid pollsters Ipsos Mori £14,700 to run a poll on the impact of the bedroom tax and a further £60,920 on polling and a ...
5 benefit changes the government don't want you to know aboutThreats to take away children from families is a new low for the coalition government's war on benefit claimants.
It used to be that when politicians wanted to bury bad news they’d orchestrate its release to time with a distracting event. Seeing Iain Duncan Smith publicly criticized for wasting at least £140 million of public money over Universal Credit at the start of this month, ...
Thursday, 28 November 2013
White paper will not engage hardest to reach, insist charitiesEquality and social justice will still have to be hard fought for under an independent Scotland, voluntary organisations warned this week.
The Scottish Government’s white paper on independence, essentially a manifesto for the SNP’s vision of an independent Scotland, covered many of the big issues Scottish voluntary organisations are currently campaigning on.
While voluntary ...
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Bedroom tax forces THOUSANDS of disabled people to cut back on food and heatingThousands of disabled people are cutting back on food and heating as the Bedroom Tax forces them “deeper and deeper” into debt, charities have said.
In a letter to Iain Duncan Smith, the heads of more than 50 charities said the tax was having a “devastating impact” on an estimated 330,000 disabled people and carers.
They say 9 in 10 disabled claimants or their carers ...
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