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Theresa May has again rejected calls to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit as ministers announced that controversial charges of up to 55p a minute to call a helpline were to be scrapped. Appearing before a Commons committee, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke (pictured) said the line would be…
A Tory MP is set to miss a debate and vote on welfare policy because he will be running the line at a Champions League football tie in Barcelona. Douglas Ross has been listed as assistant referee at the Camp Nou stadium for Wednesday night's match against Greek side Olympiacos.…
The lives and safety of people with epilepsy are being put at risk by an inadequate and ineffective disability benefits system, campaigners have warned. Epilepsy Action says the condition has the highest refusal rate for people claiming the personal independence payment (PIP) - 20% above the national average for all…
Scotland's Social Security Minister has challenged Theresa May to show "compassion" and end the "injustice" of the so-called rape clause. Jeane Freeman, a former Labour adviser who is now an SNP MSP, launched a fierce attack on welfare changes brought in by the Conservatives at Westminster. Of these she said…
Welfare cuts and "turning off the taps to local councils" are affecting how authorities can support homeless people, the founder of the Big Issue has said. John Bird warned the homelessness crisis could see its "worst winter for over two decades" due to an increasing number of people living on…
The rollout of Universal Credit will not be paused, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has said. He told the Tory Party conference he would tweak the system to ensure claimants are offered advance payments upfront, amid criticism people are waiting six weeks for any money and getting into debt.…
Tory MPs have called on the Government to halt the rollout of its controversial new benefits payment system over concerns about the impact on claimants, it has been reported. A letter backed by 12 MPs has been sent to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke urging him to pause the…
Social workers are being urged to contribute their experiences of practising in an age of austerity for a new study. The research by University of Wolverhampton and supported by BASW aims to gain a deeper understanding of how reduced funding has impacted on the work of front line practitioners. Similar…
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