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Social workers must collectively speak out as a profession against the damage austerity is doing to society’s most vulnerable citizens, the Chair of the British Association of Social Workers said. Guy Shennan said social workers were better placed than any other profession to highlight the consequences of policies that were…
Danny Alexander has accused the Conservatives of being bent on "slashing support for families" as he went public with Tory proposals for an extra £8 billion of welfare cuts that were vetoed by the Liberal Democrats. The Chief Secretary to the Treasury said he was lifting the lid on the…
How many hours should low-paid parents be expected to work? Universal credit (UC) pilots launched today provide an insight into government thinking on this question. Over the next year or so, 15,000 working families in receipt of UC will be randomly subject to different levels of ‘in-work conditionality’ requiring them…
Sinn Fein has refused to settle a dispute over welfare reform which threatened the devolved government institutions in Northern Ireland until after the General Election, the Democratic Unionists claimed. Republicans withdrew support for the change at the eleventh hour earlier this year, alleging power-sharing partners the DUP had shown bad…
As part of their wider Improvement Plan, West Midlands Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and Improvement & Efficiency West Midlands approached HSMC to work with them to look at the different approaches being taken across the West Midlands towards prevention and ways to support local communities. The resulting…
Getting people off benefits isn’t enough – they need sustained employment with opportunities for progression too, says Josh Stott. Could greater devolution of welfare to work help? Our new report, Welfare to work devolution in England, which reviews the devolution of welfare to work policies in the UK and four…
Encouraging progress has been made to resolve a Stormont crisis over the non-implementation of welfare reforms, Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has said. But Ms Villiers (pictured) stressed that time was of the essence to finally settle the row that rocked the power-sharing institutions last week. She met with the…
Evidence that shows the link between the UK Government’s welfare reform and an increase in the use of food banks has been sent to Scotland Office Minister David Mundell MP (pictured) by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee. This follows a call from Mr Mundell to show him evidence of…
The impact of recent welfare reforms on women in Scotland will be the focus of a new inquiry by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee. Evidence seen by MSPs has suggested that women are being disproportionately affected and research recently published by the Committee highlighted that lone parents have been…
The Government's flagship Universal Credit has come under fresh attack after MPs said "very little progress" had been achieved even though £700 million has been spent on the scheme since it began five years ago. The Public Accounts Committee said that by October last year fewer than 18,000 people were…
The Government's flagship welfare reform could leave women vulnerable to domestic abuse, a parliamentary human rights watchdog has warned. Universal credit, which was rolled out nationwide on Monday, could expose women to financial control - a coercive form of domestic abuse that sees men limit their partners' access to money,…
An open letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith MP calls on Mr Duncan Smith to immediately suspend the roll out of Universal-Credit in Scotland, until the process of legislating for new powers for the Scottish Parliament is complete. The letter is signed by the…