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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…
The vast majority of councils and housing associations believe government welfare policy is hitting their efforts to tackle homelessness, according to new research. The research by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the University of Sheffield reveals 84 per cent of the 106 councils and 70 per cent of the…
A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a new report. A major survey by more than 80 organisations found 79% of respondents said their assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) had made…
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