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Friday, 7 March 2014
Exclusive: George Osborne's tax and benefits changes have hit women almost four times harder than men
George Osborne’s tax and benefit changes have hit women almost four times as hard as men, according to new research which threatens to compound the Conservative Party’s unpopularity among women.
Analysis by the House of Commons Library shows that the Chancellor’s tax and benefit strategy since 2010 has raised a net £3.047 billion (21 per cent) from men and £11.628 ...
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Government resumes bid to shut Independent Living Fund in 2015
The government is to press ahead with the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), despite losing a Court of Appeal battle over the plan.
The Department for Work and Pensions originally planned to abolish the fund on 31 March 2015, but was forced to review the move after the Court of Appeal ruled that it had failed to comply with its legal duty to promote equality when making the decision.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Blind man repeatedly had his benefits stopped because DWP failed to send his letters in braille
Rob Powell had to turn to payday loans to survive after blundering pen-pushers continually sent him letters he couldn't read.Robert Powell, a 46-year-old small business adviser from Dagenham, Essex, has been blind since shortly after his birth.
He has worked most of his life, but in September 2011 he was made redundant by a charity and applied for disability benefits. “I wrote on ...
Government fails to empower disabled people
Tressa Burke, chief executive of Glasgow Disability Alliance, explains why her organisation is objecting to the community empowerment bill.
“They want to know what disabled people think about community empowerment but they won’t enable us to read it,” said a Glasgow Disability Alliance member during our recent consultation for disabled people on the proposed community ...
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Charities claim Scotland faces 'humanitarian crisis' caused by povertyA campaign aimed at highlighting the 'humanitarian crisis' caused by poverty in Scotland has been launched by a group of charities.
The Scotland's Outlook campaign claimed hundreds of thousands of people were being 'battered' by welfare reforms, stagnant wages, rising utility bills, higher living costs and job insecurity.
And it said many families were having to use food banks to feed themselves.
Monday, 3 March 2014
DWP: Housing benefit will be sanctionedPart-time workers judged to be doing too little to find full-time work face having their benefit for housing costs sanctioned by the government for the first time under universal credit.
Under the present system housing benefit is paid direct to landlords and sanctions can only be applied to out-of-work benefits, such as jobseeker’s allowance or employment support allowance.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Benefit mismanagement hurting sick and disabled people, watchdog says
Sick and disabled people trying to claim a new benefit introduced by Iain Duncan Smith are facing “distress and financial difficulties” because of mismanagement by civil servants and the outsourcing firms Atos and Capita, a spending watchdog has found.
The National Audit Office discovered that the new personal independence payment, which will replace the disability living allowance, ...
Disabled man starved to death after benefits cut when Atos declared him fit for work
Disabled Mark Wood starved to death four months after his benefits were cut, an inquest heard.
The “frail and vulnerable” 44-year-old weighed just 5st 8lbs when he was found.
He had been declared fit to work by Atos, leaving him struggling to survive on just £40 a week, despite numerous health problems.
Mark died at his home in Bampton – ...
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Government, not disability, makes us vulnerable. That's why we fight the cuts
We welcome this Commons debate into welfare 'reform'. While our fate, like most aspects of our lives, is in the hands of others, we won't stay silent.
The WOW petition read: 'We call for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions.' Some 100,000 signatures later, the government has been forced ...
WOW petition motion passed
The motion for the Government to commission a cumulative impact assessment of the impact of changes in the welfare system on sick and disabled people has been passed.
A debate was scheduled today by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from John McDonnell and Grahame M. Morris, concerning the WOW petition, which had reached over 100,000 signatures.
John McDonnell ...
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