Tag Archives: UN Visit 2018

EHRC – Welfare Reforms “Disproportionately” Affect Disabled People

A report by The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has blamed Conservatives welfare reforms for pushing more disabled people and lone parents into poverty. The report which has gone largely unreported highlights the growing inequalities being faced across the United Kingdom. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is the independent body tasked with upholding the UK’s equality laws

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Metro Newspaper Receives Huge Backlash Over DWP Ad

The DWP Logo beside a graphic of the Metro Newspaper being recycling.

On the same day the United Nations report on Extreme Poverty was released. the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) embarked on their deceptive puff piece on Universal Credit. However, all did not go according to plan. Activists and unions send the host paper, the Metro Free Newspaper, a strong message by starting a campaign to bin the papers. I

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UN Report Brands Austerity as “Ideological, Harsh & Uncaring” Part 1

Professor Philip Alston of the UN

Today saw the long awaited report from United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston. Alston visited the UK last November and was highly critical in his initial findings. The full report is damning about the Conservative’s use of austerity. Due to the length and content of the report, I’m breaking it down into a

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

DWP - Department for Work and Pensions sign

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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DISGUSTING – Only 14 MPs bother to attend debate on UN Poverty Report

UN Poverty Report Philip Alston with empty house of commons

MPs from all parties yesterday showed that they’re not taking the issue of poverty seriously. as only 13 bothered to turn up to debate a scathing UN report. Yesterday evening was the first chance MPs had to debate the findings of the United Nations Report on Extreme Poverty & Human Rights in the UK and NI. Despite this, only 14

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Honours system branded a farce as DWP employees get rewarded

DWP New Year Honours

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. The DWP has been under intense pressure in 2018 over

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Something’s wrong when highlighting poverty gets criticized.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn House of Commons

Yesterday¬†at Prime Ministers Questions (PMQs) Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn used his questions to highlight the poverty crisis created by the Tories. That’s a good thing, right? Well the mainstream press didn’t seem to think so. Jeremy Corbyn stood up in the House of Commons to ask his allotted questions yesterday and he didn’t lead on Brexit as expected. Instead, he

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Rudd’s response to UN Poverty report shows just how right it is

Amber Rudd DWP

Amber Rudd used her first appearance in the House of Commons as Work and Pensions Secretary to blast the recent UN report as “wholly inappropriate” due to it political language. What was noticeable however was the lack of denial that any of the facts in the report are correct. For anyone who thought that Esther McVey’s departure from the Department

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Tory Minister gives disgusting response when questioned about disabled claimant

Kwasi Kwarteng MP

Kwasi Kwarteng has only just been promoted to a junior ministerial role and he’s already drawing attention to himself. Appearing on BBC Sunday morning political show Marr, the MP for Spelthorne gave a frankly disgusting response when he was confronted with a story of a deaf child who’s unable to speak & walk and faces losing her home because of

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Don’t let the UN poverty report get lost in Brexit Translation – ACT

Professor Philip Alston, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights will deliver the preliminary findings of his investigation into UK poverty tomorrow. Conveniently for the government, the mainstream press will likely be to busy covering Brexit to push the findings. This will be the fifth, (yes fifth), report by the UN since 2010 and although

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