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Tens of thousands of ill or disabled people were underpaid benefits by an average of around £5,000, the public spending watchdog has found. An estimated 70,000 claimants transferred to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) from other benefits since 2011 were underpaid - some by up to £20,000 - the National…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has been accused of “callous disregard” after insisting the UK Government’s so-called rape clause “strikes the right balance”. Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale (pictured) wrote to Ms McVey urging her to review the “invasive and degrading” policy on her appointment to the role…
Former education secretary Nicky Morgan has said that child benefit changes may have caused thousands of parents to lose out on pension entitlements. Ms Morgan, who is chairwoman of the Commons Treasury committee, has written to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, regarding her concerns. The ex-Cabinet minister…
The Government has won a challenge against a ruling that its controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two. Court of Appeal judges ruled in favour of the Work and Pensions Secretary on Thursday by a two-to-one majority. The latest decision in the case follows a…
Many children "will be condemned to start life in poverty" as a result of Government changes to taxes and social security, a major new report has warned. Watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found women, ethnic minorities and disabled people would all be adversely affected as a result…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has agreed to publish a series of reviews of Universal Credit after acknowledging there was "no point" in keeping them under wraps. The project assessment reviews for the flagship welfare reform reveal claims of bullying, harassment and discrimination, as well as concerns that changes…
Disability benefit claimants are now winning record levels of appeals against the Department for Work and Pensions, new figures show. Assessments for both Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) have been branded "a total failure" and "not fit for purpose" in the wake of the Government…
An SNP MP has proposed changes to the UK Government's welfare policy, to prevent women being "forced to choose between poverty and abuse". Dr Philippa Whitford (pictured) has published a Private Members' Bill aimed at addressing concerns around single household payments for Universal Credit. The SNP's health spokeswoman said her…
The Social Workers Union (SWU) are offering four grants of £500 to social work students who can write the most compelling argument for how the profession can solve austerity. Timed in conjunction with World Social Work Day (WSWD) on 20th March, SWU’s WSWD Assignment is open to any social work…
A "pervasive lack of trust" among disabled people in the method of assessing their welfare claims risks undermining the operation of the Government's flagship benefits, MPs have warned. Since 2013, 290,000 rejected claims for Personal Independence Payments or Employment and Support Allowance have been granted on appeal - a total…
More than £100 million has been spent by the Department for Work and Pensions on administering reviews and appeals against disability benefits in little more than two years, new figures show. This is in addition to the tens of millions of pounds spent every year by the Ministry of Justice…
Families hit by the Government's "two-child limit" for welfare payments have started a High Court action against the policy. The rule, introduced in April last year, restricts child tax credits and universal credit to the first two children in a family. Lawyers acting on behalf of three UK families told…
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