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”

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”