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HMRC & DWP Hid Universal Credit Migration Study from 2017

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The government has been accused of covering up a significant report on Universal Credit to hide the poor results. The study which looks at the transition from Tax Credits to Universal Credit is dated November 2017. It was carried out jointly by HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its results although dated, paints a dire picture

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WATCH – Also In The News – Episode 1

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This is episode 1 of my new podcast: Also In The News – #AITN. Many stories don’t get the coverage that they should from mainstream news outlets. That’s why I have decided to start Also In The News. This week I have chosen three areas to talk about. First I talk about the rise of In-work poverty and what has

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MPs to Investigate Rise of ‘Survival Sex’ under Universal Credit

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An investigation has been opened by the Work and Pensions Committee after charities have warned of a rise in ‘survival sex.’ This is where women feel forced into prostitution due to delays and cuts to their Universal Credit. MPs have now launched an investigation to find out the extent of the problem and to see what can be done to

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Rudd’s Lies Exposed – The Real Reasons for DWP Changes

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On Wednesday, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his spring statement to update us on the state of the UK economy. On benefits, he resisted cross party calls to scrap the benefit freeze early. However, in an Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) report accompanying the statement, it was revealed that Amber Rudd’s recent announcements were not for compassion but due to

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Sarah Newton’s Resignation Is Nothing To Rejoice About

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This evening saw the resignation of Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP. Unlike her colleagues, Newton resigned as she was voting against the wishes of the government. This is known as collective responsibility. Collective responsibility applies to all Ministers in government. It requires that they all vote as agreed at Cabinet. Should they not, they are expected to resign

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5,700 PIP Claimants Turned Away From Assessments Due To Staff Shortages

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An answer to a written question to The Work & Pensions Secretary has revealed that, in 2018, 5,700 Personal Independence Payment (PIP) claimants attended their health assessment to only be told there was nobody available to assess them. This is more evidence that private companies are unfit to run benefit health assessments. Labour MP for Leeds North West, Alex Sobel,

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New Assessment System Could Lose You TWO Benefits At Once

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Last week, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced that her department was looking into combining the health assessments for certain benefits into one. However, rather than remedy anything,this would then risk sick and disabled claimants losing two benefits at once. Currently, benefit claimants who have a health condition or disability face separate assessments when applying for welfare benefits like

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JrF: 10.7 MILLION people will be worse off on Universal Credit

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A recent report by the think-tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JrF) has found that once the roll-out of Universal Credit is complete, 10.7 million people in “out of work families”, will be worse off. The report does say that 12.9 million in work, will benefit but, why are the most vulnerable taking the hit yet again? The recent report by JrF

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Universal Credit Call Centre Staff vote FOR 2 day strike

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Universal Credit has taken another hit today after staff at two Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) call centres voted to strike for 2 days in March. The staff at the Wolverhampton and Walsall centres voted by a whopping 138 to 15, in favour of industrial action. They are demanding an extra 5000 staff to help ease the extreme workloads

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DWP BAN staff referring claimants to foodbanks

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Details have emerged showing that The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has a hostile new policy regarding foodbank referrals. In an email, a Jobcentre Plus (JCP) Manager revealed that no paper referral forms will be given to claimants from now on. Instead, they’ll be sent to other agencies to get help. The shocking new policy was first revealed exclusively

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Latest data shows 16% of new Universal Credit Claims paid late

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An answer to a written question in the House of Lords has revealed that 16% of new Universal Credit claims still aren’t paid on time. The government also revealed that 6% of all claims aren’tbeing paid to claimant when they should. With the pilot of managed migration starting later in the year, not to mention the addition of mixed age

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Amber Rudd “happy” with 5 week Universal Credit wait

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Work and Pensions Secretary, Amber Rudd has caused upset and shock by saying the 5 week wait for claimant’s first Universal Credit payment is acceptable. Unveiling a raft of “supposed” new announcements for Universal Credit, Rudd said of the 5 week period claimants have to wait; “at the moment I’m satisfied with what we’ve got”. This will come as a

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“Prove you’re a victim of domestic abuse” say DWP

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“The claimant must move out of the household and is required to provide written evidence to their work coach that they are receiving help for domestic abuse before the easement can be granted.” This is the shocking statement made by Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, (PCS). It reveals how low the Department for Work

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Mainstream Media peddles Tory lie about Universal Credit

MSM Lie about Universal Credit

Yesterday there was much coverage in the media of Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd’s announcement that the next process in the roll-out of Universal Credit would be halted. What they all failed to mention is that Esther McVey had announced the same thing months ago. The media literally did the Tories a favour by giving the impression that they

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