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The rollout of Universal Credit will not be paused, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has said. He told the Tory Party conference he would tweak the system to ensure claimants are offered advance payments upfront, amid criticism people are waiting six weeks for any money and getting into debt.…
Tory MPs have called on the Government to halt the rollout of its controversial new benefits payment system over concerns about the impact on claimants, it has been reported. A letter backed by 12 MPs has been sent to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke urging him to pause the…
Social workers are being urged to contribute their experiences of practising in an age of austerity for a new study. The research by University of Wolverhampton and supported by BASW aims to gain a deeper understanding of how reduced funding has impacted on the work of front line practitioners. Similar…
The vast majority of councils and housing associations believe government welfare policy is hitting their efforts to tackle homelessness, according to new research. The research by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the University of Sheffield reveals 84 per cent of the 106 councils and 70 per cent of the…
A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a new report. A major survey by more than 80 organisations found 79% of respondents said their assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) had made…
Britain's record on disability rights has been strongly criticised by the UN. The organisation's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) expressed serious concern about higher levels of poverty among the disabled, an increase in hate speech and bullying, and the number of people institutionalised in the UK.…
Almost one in three people with multiple sclerosis who received the highest rate of Government support have had their payments downgraded or denied after being reassessed for a new disability benefit, figures show. The MS Society found that people with the disease have received at least £6 million less since…
The rise in youngsters living in poverty should "shock" the Scottish Government into increasing child benefit payments to families, Kezia Dugdale said. The Scottish Labour leader spoke out after the Catholic Church became the latest organisation to back a £5 a week rise in the amount families receive. Her party…
The chairwoman of a United Nations committee has accused the Government of creating a "human catastrophe" for disabled people in the wake of cuts. Policies pursued by the Government have "totally neglected" the vulnerabilities faced by disabled people, according to Theresia Degener, who chairs the UN's Committee on the Rights…
Housing associations across the country have been forced to cancel or delay plans to build thousands of new homes due to uncertainty over future funding. Projects for 8,800 new housing association homes have been cut to 1,350 after the Government floated plans to change the way housing benefits are allocated.…
A senior MP has called for an urgent review of assessments for disability benefits, amid warnings people are having their payments withdrawn incorrectly and are being forced to use food banks. Frank Field, chairman of the Work and Pensions select committee, has written to ministers saying the current process fails…
Disabled people are being "increasingly marginalised and shut out of society" as they bear the brunt of Government spending cuts, the UK's equality and human rights bodies have warned. Campaigners said the UK and devolved governments must start taking the human rights of disabled people more seriously, as officials prepare…
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