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Friday, 17 May 2013
Group urges more anti-Bedroom Tax campaignsA local campaign group set up to provide support and information to people affected by the Bedroom Tax in Renfrewshire urged other communities to follow its example following the tragic death of Stephanie Bottrill.
The 53-year-old from Solihull took her own life , leaving a suicide note blaming the government.
The pressure to pay an extra £80 a month in rent because she had two spare ...
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
SNP MSPs shout down senior Whitehall officials over 'bedroom tax'SNP MSPs have been called to order for repeatedly shouting down senior Whitehall officials over controversial benefit changes.
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) bosses were told they live in a Kafkaesque Alice In Wonderland fantasy and their evidence dismissed as 'nonsense' and 'claptrap' by SNP MSPs on Holyrood's Welfare Reform Committee.
Convener Michael McMahon, a Labour MSP, repeatedly ...
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Put disabled people in charge of benefits assessmentsAmnesty International has recently passed a resolution condemning attacks on the human rights of sick and disabled people in the UK. One of the ways our rights are being challenged is the manner in which the government is trying to force disabled people into work. It's a black mark on a society when its disabled residents have to jump through ridiculous hoops to get the benefits that they need ...
Monday, 13 May 2013
Number of Scots reduced to poverty after having their benefits taken away on the riseA rising numbers of Scots are being pushed deeper into poverty by having their benefits stopped.
More than 200 people had their jobseeker’s allowance suspended every working day this time last year – plunging struggling Scots into an instant financial crisis.
Department for Work and Pensions statistics show 4680 -claimants had their benefits stopped during April 2012.
Friday, 10 May 2013
Iain Duncan Smith rapped by watchdog for misusing benefits cap statisticThe work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has been criticised by the UK's statistics watchdog for misusing figures to promote the effectiveness of the coalition's benefits cap on getting people into work.
In a press release issued by the Department of Work and Pensions last month alongside 'ad hoc' statistics, Duncan Smith was quoted as saying 'already we've seen 8,000 people who would ...
Thursday, 9 May 2013
One in three kids in poverty by 2020A u-turn on cruel welfare cuts is the only way Scotland can avoid a massive rise in child poverty, campaigners have warned this week.
Projections by the Institute for Fiscal Studies forecast that nearly 30% of Scotland’s children will be living in poverty by 2020, up from the previous official figure of 21%.
The huge rise is being laid at the door of government policies such as cutting ...
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
Discrimination against disabled job-seekers on the riseDisabled job seekers are being routinely discriminated against with prejudice worsening over the last nine years.
According to a new report from Capability Scotland, economically active disabled people fare far worse than non-disabled people when it comes to employment.
In 1988 figures showed a 5.41% difference between the employment rates of disabled people (88.88% in work) and non-disabled ...
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Location Networking Aims To Help Disabled People ConnectA free smartphone app that can help disabled and other erse communities find and connect with people from within their own and other groups, and request social support, has been launched in the UK.
MiFinder combines elements of social networking platforms with GPS satellite location, allowing users to engage and potentially meet with people nearby them who share similar interests. The app has ...
Monday, 6 May 2013
Lack of internet could hurt disabled peopleDisabled people could miss out on benefits due to Glasgows poor internet track record, a city MP has warned.
The Department for Work and Pensions are proceeding with plans to have 80 per cent of jobseekers allowance claims online by September.
But last week a report from the Carnegie UK Trust highlighted that Glasgow has one of the lowest internet access rates in the country at 50 per cent, ...
Friday, 3 May 2013
DWP: the benefit claims site 'does not work properly'The Department for Work and Pensions' website that lets users apply for services and benefits does not work with most contemporary web browsers, its 'What do I need?' section admits.
Under the 'Operating systems and browsers' section of the site that informs claimants of the software required to make a web-based claim, the advice reads:
'The service does not work properly with Macs or other ...
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