Labour Pledge £58bn To Help 1950s Women

Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and the BackTo60 pension group

Just 24 hours after Boris Johnson said he couldn’t help women born in the 1950s affected by the rise in State Pension Age, Labour have unveiled a £58 billion plan to compensate the women affected. While it may not be what some campaigners had hoped for, it is a step in the right direction to supporting the women hit by

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Boris Johnson Rolls Back On Helping 1950s Women

Back to 60 women standing outdide the High Court in London

Boris Johnson had a tough time with the audience during tonight’s live leadership debate on the BBC. Those present were clearly unimpressed with the Prime Minister avoiding answering questions. However, one important point came when Johnson was asked about the help he’d promised 1950s women affected by the rise in the state pension age. After previously promising to work to

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Disabled Activists Demand Halt to PIP Assessments Following Death

Disabled People Against Cuts DPAC Logo and a Job centre plus queue

A group who fights for disabled people’s rights; Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) have called for the immediate halting of health assessments for the benefits Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and Employment and Support Allowance. Their call comes after a man died inside a jobcentre having previously being found; “Fit For Work”. Unfortunately we have become all to accustomed to horror

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Advertising Watchdog Slams DWP for Misleading Universal Credit Adverts

Metro DWP Advert onm

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has criticised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), for the manner in which they ran an advertising campaign for Universal Credit. The high profile campaign drew criticism from the beginning for the misleading nature of the advertorials that claimed to “debunk myths about Universal Credit”. Now the ASA has upheld three complaints, and partially

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New Foodbank Study Blames Benefit System for Increases

Inside Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank - Trussell Trust

A comprehensive three year study by National Foodbank charity Trussell Trust and Heriot Watt University has been released today. Titled; The State of Hunger, it gives an insight to what has been driving the massive increase in foodbank use across the UK. It is clear from the report that there is one main reason; benefits. 86% of those surveyed were

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BackTo60 Lose High Court Challenge But Remain Defiant

Two BackTo60 Pension Campaigners Outside The High Court in London

The BackTo60 campaign suffered a set back today after their case was dimissed by the High Court in London. The group backed two women seeking a judicial review into womens state pension age rises. Their legal team had argued that the changes were unlawful on grounds “unlawfully discriminated against them on the grounds of age, sex, and age and sex

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Labour Pledge to Scrap Universal Credit AND The DWP

Jeremy Corbyn will tomorow announce that should Labour win a General Election, they will scrap the controvertial benefit Universal Credit as well as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). He will also pledge to end several other policies enacted by the Tories since 2010 that have led to the rise of poverty and inequality across the UK. Universal Credit

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John McDonnell Confirms Labour Will Scrap Universal Credit

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell gave a passionate speech at a rally in Brighton pledging to get “rid of the bloody Universal Credit”. Speaking about how Labour plans to transform the economy should they win the likely upcoming General Election, McDonnell vowed to reverse the Tories hostile and oppressive welfare reforms. While some may want Brexit to dominate any impending

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The Conservatives Have Disabled People’s Blood On Their Hands – Don’t Let Them Back In

Disabled Man in Wheelchair surrounded by Met Police

“There is reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met in the State party” – United Nations At 21 years old, I’ve spent the entirety of my years maturing through high school and college under a Conservative government. Born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type II, I was no

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UK Has Worst Rate of Pension Poverty in Europe

Pensioner looking worried with money

A new report has reveled that the pensioners in the United Kingdom suffer from the highest rate of “pensioner poverty” in Western Europe. The study shows that those eligible for the State Pension are FIVE times more likely to face financial hardship. This comes as Iain Duncan Smith’s think tank CSJ suggested the retirement age should increase to 75 by

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Jobcentre Staff to ‘Assess’ Claimants Mental Health

Jobcentre Plus Exterior with Logo on sign

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has come under fire after it announced a scheme whereby jobcentre sdtaff assess claimants mental health. The £100,000 scheme being rolled out in Cornwall will see claimants on Universal Credit assessed by the work coach to as “to avoid seeing their GP”. The DWP have announced a controvertial £100,000 scheme for benefit claimants

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

Medication Tablets

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 supplier has yet to be named despite it being just

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EHRC – Welfare Reforms “Disproportionately” Affect Disabled People

A report by The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has blamed Conservatives welfare reforms for pushing more disabled people and lone parents into poverty. The report which has gone largely unreported highlights the growing inequalities being faced across the United Kingdom. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the independent body tasked with upholding the UK’s equality laws

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DWP Lists ‘Stripper’ as Appropriate Job for Claimants

DWP sign

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has come under fire after it listed “Striptease Artist” as an appropriate job-search term on its website. The role also desacribed an Astrologist as someone who “divines and tells fortunes by various machines”. The DWP has since taken down the entire section of its website after being questioned on why they listed ‘stripper’

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