53% of Universal Credit Claimants Subject to Deductions

In an answer to a written question, The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed that its most recent figures show 53% of Universal Credit claimants had money deducted from their benefit payment. Deductions have long been raised as pushing people into poverty but as of yet, the DWP Continue Reading

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

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 Continue Reading

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

“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 Continue Reading

NAO finds Motability overcharged by £390 million

Motability, the company which supplies cars to people with disabilities has been accused of overcharging customers by £390 million over the past 10 years. The head of Motability has been forced to resign after a previously unreported bonus scheme emerged. People who receive in receipt of certain disability benefits can 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

Report warns of Domestic Abuse risk posed by Universal Credit but does it go far enough? Plus Male victims get no mention

A report by Work and Pensions Committee has warned that the way Universal Credit is paid per household means abusers could take control of the entire budget, leaving vulnerable victims and their children dependent on an abusive partner to survive. Whilst it’s as start I don’t think that this report goes far enough.

‘More than 1.5 million people in the UK, including more than 350,000 children, experienced destitution last year’ – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Alex ∼ @RespectIsVital ∼ 8th June 2018 Universal credit tips the already poor into hardship, say charity, Joseph Rowntree Foundation. More than 1.5 million people in the UK, including more than 350,000 children, experienced destitution last year, their study found, this meaning they regularly went without food, toiletries, adequate clothing or shelter. Continue Reading

DWP require proof of domestic abuse before they’ll help you.

“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 Continue Reading

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