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The number of disabled motorists has fallen by nearly 80,000 in just two years, prompting fresh criticism of Government reforms to disability benefits. Figures show a 6% fall in disabled people receiving an exemption from vehicle tax since 2015, with 1.267 million people now registered. While there is no evidence…
Staff at Jobcentres have an "alarming" lack of confidence dealing with disabled people just weeks ahead of new welfare reforms coming into force, campaigners have warned. Phil Reynolds, co-chairman of the Disability Benefits Consortium, said it was important disabled people were not "shoehorned" back into work as a result of…
More than 50,000 families are now subject to the benefit cap since ministers introduced a lower limit on the amount of money they can claim, new figures show. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) data shows 68,000 households had their incomes capped under the policy as of May. Of these,…
Young carers are to be asked their views on Scotland's new welfare system. Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman (pictured) will hear directly from young people at a series of events for carers. She will visit the Borders Carer Centre in Galashiels, which is part of Carers Trust Scotland, the country's…
More than seven million people in their 30s and 40s will lose out by £10,000 each under Government plans to increase the state pension age earlier than planned. People born between 1970 and 1978 will have to wait until they are 68, an extra year, before receiving payments, Work and…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has written to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Northern Ireland Secretary over legal issues arising from Universal Credit implementation. In a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke MP (pictured) and the Northern…
Labour has put further pressure on the Government's benefit cap after new figures showed around 20,000 families were affected by a policy ruled unlawful by the High Court. New analysis from the Department for Work and Pensions shows 19,700 households affected by the benefit cap were single parents with children…
A total of 10 jobcentres across Scotland are to close, including six in Glasgow, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed. Some smaller jobcentres will be merged with larger ones under the proposals while others will be co-located with local government premises. The department first announced closure plans…
Benefit claimants are being asked their views on new legislation that will establish Scotland's first welfare system. The Social Security Bill introduced last week will give ministers the power to deliver 11 benefits devolved under the Scotland Act 2016, including disability living allowance, winter fuel payment and the carer's allowance.…
UK Government welfare cuts are expected to reduce annual social security spending in Scotland by almost £4 billion by 2020/21, according to a new report. The Scottish Government's update on the impacts of reforms made since 2010 said about £0.9 billion of the cut was due to measures announced by…
More than 16,500 people and a coalition of 80 charities have signed a letter urging party leaders to put an end to disability benefit cuts. Paralympians Kadeena Cox and Anne Wafula Strike and BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills are among those to have signed the open letter to all…
Financial support for poorer parents will more than double from summer 2019 when the first new Scottish benefit starts being paid, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said. Qualifying families will receive £1,100 for their first child under the best start grant, with the money split into three payments which…