Paul Gray: On universal credit, ministers were wrong to ignore us Patrick Butler

  Former top civil servant says his committee raised genuine concerns about the controversial new benefit that weren’t listened to.   After eight years of difficulty and controversy, universal credit may well be about to move into an even more fraught phase, suggests Paul Gray, who has just stepped down after six years as chair … Continue reading “Paul Gray: On universal credit, ministers were wrong to ignore us Patrick Butler”

Call for written submissions (scroll down) – Visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5 to 16 November 2018

Introduction The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, will undertake an official visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 6 to 16 November 2018 at the invitation of the UK Government. His visit will focus, in accordance with his mandate, on the interlinkages … Continue reading “Call for written submissions (scroll down) – Visit by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 5 to 16 November 2018”

DWP set to refund 4,000 jobseekers almost £2million in benefit sanctions after breaching their human rights

EXCLUSIVE: It comes five years after a legal fight over the Tory ‘workfare’ schemes – and campaigners say there’s a ‘moral duty’ to pay more The Tory government is planning to refund almost £2million in benefit sanctions to 4,000 jobseekers after breaching their human rights. It comes five years after a legal fight over the … Continue reading “DWP set to refund 4,000 jobseekers almost £2million in benefit sanctions after breaching their human rights”

Universal Credit plans pose a ‘significant risk’ to disabled people, warn charities courtesy Welfare Weekly

Dear Secretary of State, We are writing to raise our concerns regarding the Government’s current proposals for moving disabled people and people with long-term health conditions from legacy benefits onto Universal Credit. This includes disabled people currently receiving Employment and Support Allowance.   The Department has proposed issuing a notice that a person’s existing benefit … Continue reading “Universal Credit plans pose a ‘significant risk’ to disabled people, warn charities courtesy Welfare Weekly”