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Watch “Austerity, it ain’t over – Last Week in the News #LWIN” on YouTube

Austerity, it ain’t over This is the first episode of: Last Week in the News and it’s about austerity. It’s a roundup of news stories throughout the week that didn’t get the coverage they deserve. This week we have stories related to Theresa May’s false claim that “austerity is over.” I plan to do more videos on various topics which

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Esther McVey admits millions will lose £200 a month on Universal Credit

Esther McVey Conservative Party Conference 2018

The Times have reported that Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has told Cabinet colleagues that about half of lone parents and nearly two thirds of couples with children would lose a whopping £2,400 a year. Tory MPs are finding it harder to defend the under fire benefit as they deal with more and more cases related to Universal Credit

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Citizens Advice DWP gagging clause raises serious questions on their impartiality

Citizens Advice gagging clause

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey used her Conservative Party conference speech to announce that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are to fund Citizens Advice to provide Universal Support from 2019. Universal Support provides advice and assistance to help claimants manage their Universal Credit claim and offers other services like budgeting advice and IT training. Ms McVey’s announcement

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“UC What You’ve Done” – #NationalPoetryDay Reader Contribution

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Today, Thursday 4th October 2018, is National Poetry Day. National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by The Charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday. I received this powerful piece from

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Ombudsman that investigate DWP pay CAPITA £100k a month for IT support despite huge conflict of interest

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) make final decisions on complaints that have not been resolved by the NHS in England or by UK government departments such as The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). A Freedom of Information request shows that in just three months they paid £299,000 to CAPITA for IT services. CAPITA carry out health assessments

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Universal Credit suffers a series of massive blows in just one day

DWP Sign Caxton House

Universal Credit is never far from the top of news results these days. Whether it’s another damning report on how it’s causing hardship or a whistle-blower exposing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failings, you can be sure that it’s never good news. However Wednesday saw the fledgling benefit come under attack from all sides.   It started at Prime

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Radical Action – Why I think DWP agents hold the key to forcing change

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

It is well know that Universal Credit is causing hardship, suffering even death. While the public are all too aware of this, employees of The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are living it everyday. That’s why I’m proposing radical action. I will admit that this may not be the most popular of ideas but ask that you hear me

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New report says Universal Credit could be a positive – NOT a Parody

DWP Sign Caxton House

A report by the Resolution Foundation, a think-tank that aims to tackle income inequality, has warned of the risks that “managed migration” aka moving current benefit claimants will bring. It lays out how this is make or break for the fledgling benefit. But it’s recommendations are the work of a fantasy writer in my opinion. The Resolution Foundation today published a

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Universal Credit & my Mental Health – Part 2 *MH TRIGGER WARNING*

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So I thought it was appropriate to do the next part of how Universal Credit has affected my mental health. If you haven’t read part one you can read it by clicking here.   PLEASE NOTE I WILL BE TALKING ABOUT MY MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE WHICH IT MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR EVERYONE.  PLEASE NOTE; If you have any

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Universal Credit underpayments double those of Jobseekers Allowance

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

 have uncovered statistics that show that more claimants are being underpaid on Universal Credit – UC in comparison to Jobseekers Allowance – JSA. What is important is that the number of claimants on Jobseekers is far larger than those on Universal Credit   Statistics on the Government’s Stat-Xplore website show that in the 2017/2018 tax year more money was underpaid

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DWP downgrades MSP’s ability to help Scots on benefits then tells them; ‘we’re on holiday’

Westminster and Holyrood

In what seems as another snub towards Scottish Welfare Claimants the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP has downgraded the way in which MSP’s from Holyrood can help their constituents. MSP Linda Fabiani is one of the Deputy Presiding Officers in the Scottish Parliament. For those of you not familiar with Scottish Politics, this is the same as the Deputy

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DWP to waste £217k on foodbank research – but is it just a ploy to appease the UN?

Trussell Trust foodbank

So foodbanks have been appearing in the news almost daily of late. Now Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has announced the Department for Work and pensions – DWP are going to waste £217,000 on researching IF their policies have contributed to the rise in foodbank use. As if they don’t already know the answer.

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Judge accuses DWP of trying to hide compensation settlement made to discriminated men

DWP Sign Caxton House

“You are the government, and we should know what you are doing and what you are spending.” This is what High Court Judge Justice Lewis said when ordering the Department for Work and Pensions  – DWP to disclose details of a compensation settlement made to two men the High Court ruled were unlawfully discriminated against because of their disability.

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McVey begs think tank for ideas to rescue Universal Credit and ‘bars’ BBC from speech

Esther Mcvey Parliament

Work and Pensions Secretary lies through her teeth at a speech to Reform think tank whilst begging for their ideas. In a shock twist, a BBC Journalist was barred from attending. He has called out the DWP for their substandard roll-out of Universal Credit before and now McVey has gone full Trump. Yesterday Esther McVey made a speech to think tank

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