Tag Archives: SNP

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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MAXIMUS Fail Universal Credit Assessment Targets by Two-Thirds Over 4 Years

Disabled Workers and the DWP Logo

A written question to The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has revealed that government contractor Maximus, have failed to meet targets two-thirds of the time since March 2015. This raises serious questions as to why earlier this year, the private firm had its contract renewed until 2021 despite failing so badly. Maximus are one of the private companies paid

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Under 25s Benefit Rates Need Equalising Just like Wages

Philip Hammond Budget 2018

This week saw the annual rise of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW). While a rise for low paid workers is always welcome, those aged under 25 may be feeling short changed. After all, they get less than their elders despite doing the same job. The same also applies to under 25s on benefits but they

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New Scottish Welfare System leads the way – DWP take note

Social Security Scotland logo and DWP Logo

The Scottish Government unveiled its ambitious plans for how it’s going to deliver the 11 welfare benefits devolved to it from Westminster. In a break from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hostility to claimants, the Scottish system concentrates on claimants welfare, rather than how much they’re costing them. Having looked at the plans, all I can say is

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Hammond’s budget shows Universal Credit claimants mean nothing to the Tories

Philip Hammond Budget 2018

So the 2018 budget was announced today, and after the threat of Tory backbenchers voting down the budget unless changes to Universal Credit were announced, The Chancellor Philip Hammond acted. However, the changes are little more than an a PR stunt to stave off a revolt. Here’s why; Universal Credit was introduced in 2013 by then Work and Pensions Secretary,

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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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