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

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 Continue Reading

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

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 Continue Reading

Amber Rudd “happy” with 5 week Universal Credit wait

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 Continue Reading

Mainstream Media peddles Tory 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 Continue Reading

Honours system branded a farce as DWP employees get rewarded

The New Year’s Honours list was announced this week and as usual there are some questionable recipients. In what can only be seen as a slap in the face to the victims of austerity, 15 Members of the Department for Work and Pensions will receive a gong from the Queen. Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE- Has Iain Duncan Smith broken House of Commons rules?

Former Work and Pensions Secretary and architect of Universal Credit, Iain Duncan Smith may have broken rules that require MPs to register their financial interests. Despite being a company director for the think tank he founded, it does not appear on his register of financial interests. Duncan Smith is well 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

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

Esther McVey attacks me after I uncovered her identity was stolen

Esther McVey has attacked me on Twitter after I uncovered that her identity has been used fraudulently. I was carrying out research for an article for Evolve Politics related to MPs financial interests. This involved cross checking the Register of Members Financial Interests and details on Companies House. I was Continue Reading

Citizens Advice blame 40% rise in rent arrears rise on Universal Credit

A new report released by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has blamed the UK government’s welfare reforms for a rise in clients seeking help for rent arrears on. The report comes the day after the government whipped their MPs to block the release of papers showing how Universal Credit will impact 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

Sick Esther McVey tells women on Universal Credit; “there are other jobs on offer”

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has caused outrage by suggesting that women on Universal Credit who’ve been driven to prostitution should get a job. Ms McVey was responding to a point raised by the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, Frank Field MP. The former Labour MP who Continue Reading

Labour writes to Esther Mcvey demanding gagging clauses be removed immediately

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has written to the Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey, to demand the removal of gagging clauses stopping charities from speaking out on Universal Credit, saying: “All civil society organisations… must have the right to speak out about this injustice.” I previously Continue Reading

Two in Three Personal Independence Payment decisions overturned at Tribunal since 2013

A Freedom of Information request has shown that since Personal Independence Payment (PIP) came into being in 2013, over two-thirds of cases that go to Tribunal result in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decision being overturned. This will come as no surprise as the number of decisions emerging Continue Reading

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