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Almost 1.75 million of the poorest families in the UK have been made poorer by a "perfect storm" of changes to the welfare system over the last three years, a new Oxfam report claims. The families have been hit by one or more changes including fewer council tax exemptions and…
Flip Chart Fairy Tales is a blog written by Rick - HR manager, project manager and business consultant. The blog charts Ricks' "reflections on business, the world of work and the general organisational crap that we all have to put up with in the course of our employment." The working…
An IRISS and CCPS commissioned research project examining how welfare reform is impacting on the social services workforce are hosting a workshop next month. Participants from organisations in the voluntary, care & support and housing sector are invited to contribute their experiences and reflect on the outcomes of the research…
The growing demand for foodbanks is "inextricably linked" to welfare reforms, charities have told MSPs. Holyrood's Welfare Reform Committee heard how thousands more people have turned to voluntary organisations for emergency food parcels, following changes to the benefits system which were introduced by the UK Government in April 2013. Those…
Around 68,000 benefit claimants are having their welfare payments stopped unfairly each year, heightening demand for food banks, a think tank has claimed today. Policy Exchange said the figure relates to people who have their benefits taken away for the first time, only to later successfully appeal against the decision…
Twenty-six bishops have written a letter condemning the Government's "punitive" welfare reforms which they say have forced people into food and fuel poverty. In an open letter to the Daily Mirror to mark the beginning of Lent on March 5, the bishops said that too many people were having to…
David Cameron has defended the Government's welfare reforms in the face of criticism from the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, insisting they were part of his "moral mission" for the country. The Prime Minister said claims by the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent…
A project to help Glaswegians develop the skills to claim benefits and find jobs online is to receive £170,000 support from the Scottish Government, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today. The Glasgow City Council project aims to reduce the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms, including the introduction…
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