BMA ‘Beyond Alarmed’ At No-Deal Brexit Medicine Plans

The British Medical Association (BMA) has released a firm statement in response to news that the government has only just begun the tender process for an ‘express freight service’ to deliver medicine supplies in event of no-deal Brexit. The Trade union’s deputy chair stated that it was “boyond alarming” that a Continue Reading

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DWP Errors Cost £1.7 Billion in 2018 Says Report

The National Audit Office (NAO) has released its annual audit of the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) accounts. The government spending watchdog has reported that benefit payment errors are at their highest since 2005/06 and that the DWP is losing more money through its own errors than it does Continue Reading

Tory MPs Ignore Debate On Work Capability Assessments

Yesterday saw MPs debate 10-years of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) that sick and disabled benefit claimants go through. Despite the mountain of evidence that WCA cause harm to claimants, excluding the minister responding, not one Tory MP thought it worthwhile attending the debate. Conservative MPs rarely, if ever, take Continue Reading

4,600 disabled claimants wrongly stripped of benefits, still not told a year on

Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP gave a statement on the 20th of December updating the House of Commons on the progress of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). What seems to have gone largely unreported is that at least 4,600 people who were found to have incorrectly lost their Disability Continue Reading

University study labels Austerity as ‘Social Murder’

A study by The University of Lancaster on the effects of austerity in the social security system has labelled the policy as ‘social murder’. While this is of no surprise to many, it does add weight to the growing calls to end cuts to the benefit system. The research titled:“‘Violent Continue Reading

Amber Rudd doesn’t even know the basics of Universal Credit

Amber Rudd has been Work and Pensions Secretary for less than a month and she’s already shown herself to be unfit for the job. Labour MP Dan Carden, had asked that the roll-out of Universal Credit be halted as claimants were having to apply for a provisional driving license to Continue Reading

Rudd’s response to UN Poverty report shows just how right it is

Amber Rudd used her first appearance in the House of Commons as Work and Pensions Secretary to blast the recent UN report as “wholly inappropriate” due to it political language. What was noticeable however was the lack of denial that any of the facts in the report are correct. For Continue Reading

Tory Minister gives disgusting response when questioned about disabled claimant

Kwasi Kwarteng has only just been promoted to a junior ministerial role and he’s already drawing attention to himself. Appearing on BBC Sunday morning political show Marr, the MP for Spelthorne gave a frankly disgusting response when he was confronted with a story of a deaf child who’s unable to Continue Reading

McVey has gone but Amber Rudd’s welfare record is just as bad

There was much celebration amongst benefit claimants on Thursday when Esther McVey resigned and Work and Pensions Secretary. Her claim that it was over brexit raised eyebrows, this is due to the fact that she knew a damning UN report was due the next day. However, that celebration was short lived Continue Reading

Don’t let the UN poverty report get lost in Brexit Translation – ACT

Professor Philip Alston, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights will deliver the preliminary findings of his investigation into UK poverty tomorrow. Conveniently for the government, the mainstream press will likely be to busy covering Brexit to push the findings. This will be the fifth, Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE – DWP admits Welfare Reforms leaving claimants £65 short on their rent

In an answer to a written question, The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed that welfare reforms are leaving benefit claimants £65 short when it comes to paying their rent. The question by Labour MP Karen Buck, asked for “the average shortfall between housing benefit and rent of Continue Reading

Hammond’s budget shows Universal Credit claimants mean nothing to the Tories

So the 2018 budget was announced today, and after the threat of Tory backbenchers voting down the budget unless changes to Universal Credit were announced, The Chancellor Philip Hammond acted. However, the changes are little more than an a PR stunt to stave off a revolt. Here’s why; Universal Credit Continue Reading

Labour to attempt at forcing the DWP to disclose Universal Credit impact papers

Labour will use their opposition day debate today, to attempt and force Esther McVey and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to disclose any papers showing what impact Universal Credit will have on households currently on legacy benefits  when they are moved to the new system next year.   Continue Reading

Resolution Foundation warns upcoming budget is “last chance” to avert massive benefit cuts

A report by the think tank Resolution Foundation has outlined the effects the benefit freeze has had on claimants and warned the government that the budget is the last change to stop further damaging cuts. The damning report lays bare how the benefit freeze implemented under the Coalition government in Continue Reading

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