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A "senseless" benefits test is costing the NHS almost £8 million a year as a result of extra GP appointments or attendance at A&E, a charity has claimed. The MS Society, which supports people with multiple sclerosis, hit out at a rule which can stop people able to walk more…
Around 1,000 welfare claimants will be given more money after the Government dropped a legal challenge. An appeal against a decision that regulations were wrongly interpreted in a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) case has been withdrawn, Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey announced. The wrangle over enhanced payments for the…
Lawyers for two severely disabled men who won a High Court declaration that they had been unlawfully discriminated against have called on the Government to halt the roll-out of the controversial Universal Credit benefits scheme. Although a judge in London rejected a challenge against the legality of regulations setting up…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been urged to set up an emergency hardship fund to help people facing destitution as a result of the Windrush scandal. MPs said those left with financial problems through no fault of their own cannot wait months for compensation. On Wednesday the Commons Home Affairs…
Informal carers' energy bills are on average £176 higher than other bill payers and almost four in 10 struggle to pay them, a survey suggests. Some 38% of informal carers - those who give regular, ongoing help to another person without payment - have struggled to pay their energy bills…
The Government is being urged to reform the social security system after a new study revealed that 1.5 million people are "destitute". Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that people classed as destitute often went without food, heating or lighting in their home and had sometimes slept rough.…
New Government measures aimed at supporting carers have drawn a mixed response. The two-year action plan includes a scheme to boost employment help for carers, and a £500,000 innovations fund to find fresh methods of support. The MS Society expressed concern at a lack of "any real commitment" to increase…
As part of a meeting facilitated by Gavin Robinson MP, the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) met with Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to outline major concerns regarding the Universal Credit two-child cap and the associated ‘rape clause’ exemption. The UK Government’s…
A so-called "yellow card" system of benefit sanctions has been dropped by the Government after research suggested it was not worth the extra time and cost. Ministers have instead said they will consider a written warning system for first time offenders rather than penalising them by docking their benefits. Sanctions…
Ministers have again come under fire over an "unfit" policy on disability benefits - as an MP revealed how identical twins, suffering with the same condition, had been given differing judgments by assessors. The twins, who both had the same genetic condition, went for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments at…
The Government is being urged by MPs to end the benefits "cliff edge" for carers who also work which can see them lose out if they receive even a small rise in pay. The Commons Work and Pensions Committee said the way the system is operating is contrary to the…
Parents will be helped in their "darkest hours" by MP-backed moves to guarantee bereavement leave and pay for those who lose a child, the Commons has heard.Emotional scenes emerged in the chamber as the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill, which aims to create a legal entitlement of at least…
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