One of the best-kept secrets of the UK welfare system is at risk

Campaigners are worried vital funding that keeps people out of hospital could disappear David Brindle the Guardian When their boiler broke down, Trudy and Brian Urquhart couldn’t afford to replace it and managed for months with heat from a coal fire and water boiled on the stove. But when Brian faced a major cancer operation … Continue reading “One of the best-kept secrets of the UK welfare system is at risk”

The DWP is under fire for causing more ‘hardship’ with one of its own absurd rules  the Canary

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing calls to look at one of the most basic necessities claimants are often left without. It’s something one campaigner believes is worsening people’s “hardship”. The DWP: unreasonable expectations? Maria Nelson is an Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimant in the support group, but will soon be … Continue reading “The DWP is under fire for causing more ‘hardship’ with one of its own absurd rules  the Canary”

I’ve been told to wait three years for a wheelchair that ‘can go outside’

Frances Ryan It is surely a societal failure when 5,000 children wait months for an NHS chair, while others receive no help to cover costs. One of my abiding childhood memories was being given my first wheelchair. Until I was six, I had to resort to a large buggy, a mass of translucent plastic frames … Continue reading “I’ve been told to wait three years for a wheelchair that ‘can go outside’”

Tories spend £200MILLION fighting to stop sick and disabled people getting benefits

EXCLUSIVE: Welfare chiefs splurged the vast sum contesting appeals for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) courtesy the Mirror 21st August 2018 Heartless Tory ministers have spent £200million fighting to stop people getting sickness and disability benefits. Welfare chiefs splurged the vast sum, revealed by the Mirror, contesting appeals for Personal … Continue reading “Tories spend £200MILLION fighting to stop sick and disabled people getting benefits”

Department has been forced to release updated Employment and Support Allowance mortality statistics.

WELFARE WEEKLY 15TH AUGUST 2018 The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to release updated Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) mortality statistics, in response to a Freedom of Information request from disability campaigner Gail Ward. The shocking statistics reveal that 111,450 ESA claims were closed following the death of claimants between March 2014 to … Continue reading “Department has been forced to release updated Employment and Support Allowance mortality statistics.”

Benefit sanctions call for evidence

  The Social Market Foundation is currently undertaking a major research project looking at benefit sanctions in the United Kingdom, updating and expanding the Independent Review of Sanctions that they undertook for Government in 2014. More information on the project is available at:http://www.smf.co.uk/making-sense-of-sanctions/ As part of this they want to ensure we gather the full range … Continue reading “Benefit sanctions call for evidence”

Third of UK’s universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments

Cuts to pay rent and utility bill arrears drive people into poverty, warn campaigners The Observer by Chaminda Jayanetti and Michael Savage One in three people on the government’s new welfare system are having their payments cut to cover debts, the Observer can reveal. In a sign of the troubling levels of indebtedness affecting some … Continue reading “Third of UK’s universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments”

Have your say on the future of adult social care – respond to the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) survey.

  The consultation, which is the largest ever launched by the LGA, will last for eight weeks and will shape the LGA’s demands ahead of the Budget, due in the autumn. Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “People have a right to live the life they want to lead and high quality adult … Continue reading “Have your say on the future of adult social care – respond to the Local Government Association’s (LGA’s) survey.”

Local councils forced to publish own proposals on social care funding after losing patience with government delays

  Proposal for new tax on over-40s among options outlined by town hall leaders after ministers push back publication of their own plans courtesy Independent Tuesday 31 July 2018 Local council leaders have proposed a new tax on over-40s to help tackle the social care crisis after losing patience with the government’s failure to publish its own plans for plugging the … Continue reading “Local councils forced to publish own proposals on social care funding after losing patience with government delays”