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Scotland’s First Minister has branded the Work and Pensions Secretary “out of touch” for claiming the rape clause could help support rape victims. Giving evidence to a Holyrood Committee, Esther McVey was heckled as she spoke on the rape clause, where women have to prove conception through non-consensual sex to…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was heckled by members of the public in a Holyrood committee meeting covering Universal Credit and the rape clause. An audience member shouted “you can’t get into work if you’re dead” at Ms McVey as she argued Universal Credit is a “supportive system” aimed…
Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds by affecting their ability to access and sustain housing, a charity has warned. According to a survey by Homeless Link, a charity that works with rough sleepers, 92% of respondents identified delayed Universal Credit payments as having an impact on…
MPs have launched a fresh inquiry into benefit sanctions amid warnings of troubling cases and extreme harm being caused to disabled people. The Work and Pensions select committee will analyse the whole system where benefit payments are docked for a set period of time. The committee will also analyse the…
Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservatives have come under fire over the “abhorrent rape clause” one year after the controversial welfare reform was brought in. SNP and Labour politicians urged the Tories to rethink their support for the policy, branding it “despicable” and “absolutely heart-breaking”. It was established as part…
Sixty Church of England bishops as well as senior figures from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups have united to urge the Government to rethink its controversial benefits cap on families with more than two children. Parents can claim child tax credits or Universal Credit for only their first two…
Flagship welfare reforms will create "losers" despite a likely 50,000 increase in the number of children eligible for free school meals (FSMs), a new analysis claims. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said it expects there to be families who gain and lose out under changes introduced via Universal Credit…
Discretionary welfare payments are being "hacked away", a senior MP has claimed, after new figures showed more than £300 million has been axed from two major benefits funds. Fresh analysis shows the scale of cutbacks to the discretionary social fund and flexible support fund, which can be awarded to poor…
The Government is spending more than £700,000 reassessing people with the most severe cases of Parkinson's for disability benefits, even though they will never get any better, campaigners have claimed. Charity Parkinson's UK said the figures showed the assessments process for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) "is rigging the game against…
A Government U-turn on welfare will mean 18 to 21-year-olds are automatically entitled to claim housing benefit again. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said the change "will reassure all young people that housing support is in place if they need it". Around 10,000 young people would have been hit…
A survey of more than 100 MS nurses by the MS Society reveals the significant pressure being placed on them to assist with benefits claims. Nine in ten (90%) said they provided patients with evidence for benefits applications. Of those, more than half (58%) said they worked outside of working…
Glaswegian rap artist and author of ‘Poverty Safari’ will share his insight into living on the breadline next week when he talks at the University of Dundee. Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, will be giving his insight into the common misgivings about poverty and those who live in it, from 12pm –…
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