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DWP’s confession: ‘We ignore benefit-related deaths’


The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted making no effort to collect – or learn the lessons from – reports of disabled people whose deaths have been linked to the withdrawal or non-payment of disability benefits.

The admission came in a response to a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request from Disability News Service (DNS).

DNS had asked DWP what records ...

We Need An £8 Minimum Wage NOW – Not Later, Say Unite


A major new independent report to be submitted to the Low Pay Commission today (Friday 26 September) has shown that a national increase of £1.50 per hour in the national minimum wage in 2015 would benefit 4.6 million workers by an average of £1,400 per year while at the same time adding an extra £2.1 billion to the public finances and potentially generating at least 30,000 ...

Universal credit 'undeliverable' says former head of the civil service


Sir Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, has said that the timetable for the government’s controversial universal credit benefits scheme was “too tight” and that a “culture of good news” in the Department for Work and Pensions prevented this being recognised.

Making his valedictory speech on 25 September to an audience of senior civil servants ...

Helping disabled people to go on holiday is both a social responsibility and business opportunity says tourism minister


Making it easier for disabled people to holiday is not only a social responsibility but a major opportunity for businesses, the tourism minister has said.

Fergus Ewing said fewer than a fifth of people with disabilities in the UK were able to enjoy an annual holiday, with many of them unable to do so because of a lack of suitable places to stay.

Businesses providing accommodation ...

Anxious wait for Glenrothes man in ‘bedroom tax’ case


Campaigners against the Government’s bedroom tax have an anxious wait following a tribunal appeal hearing in Edinburgh.

Glenrothes man David Nelson, who won a landmark test case ruling against the spare room subsidy reforms last year, attended the Scottish Land Court on Thursday to defend the ruling contested by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

The DWP, represented ...

Student asks for food bank donations instead of gifts for 21st birthday


A big-hearted Glasgow student asked his family and friends for food bank donations instead of presents for his 21st birthday.

After seeing that his local food bank were in urgent need of donations, Declan McGuinness decided he would rather get food for hungry locals than the keys to the house when he turned 21 on Saturday.

Declan, who is in his final year of a business degree at Glasgow ...

Leicester 'fire risk' wheelchair user's benefits reinstated


A disabled man who was refused a benefits assessment because his wheelchair was deemed a safety risk, has had his payments reinstated.

Charles Foreman, from Leicestershire, who has a back condition, had his benefits stopped in 2011.

The 53-year-old was turned away from an assessment on the first floor of a health centre in 2013 because providers Atos said his chair was a 'fire risk'.

Atos's ...

Activist surge follows indyref result


Scotland is witnessing an unprecedented upsurge in activism following the no victory in the recent referendum.

The momentum created by the grassroots yes campaign is spilling over into post-indyref political life as pro-independence parties experience a tremendous surge in numbers applying to join.

Meanwhile, there has been a ferment of activity among the campaign groups which sprang ...

Furious See Me Scotland hits out at clothes shop for mocking bipolar


A Scottish mental health charity has hit out at a fashion retailer for trying to make a joke out of bipolar disorder.

UK high street clothes retailer Joy received a barrage of abuse on Twitter at the weekend for stocking a gift card with the slogan “don’t get mad, take lithium”.

As lithium is used as medication to help stabilise mood swings one user pointed out to ...

‘Send me to jail’, dying man begs judge


A terminally ill man thanked the chairman of magistrates who jailed him for eight weeks for smashing windows at Bradford Crown Court.

Derek Joinson, 56, of Spring Road, Keighley, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court today (Monday) and pleaded guilty to breaking two windows, estimated to the value of £500, at Bradford Crown Court on September 21.

The court heard that ...

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