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Some 60% of people claiming the main long-term sickness benefit believe the amount of money they get is not enough to live on, according to a major new survey. Labour called the findings from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants "a damning indictment of the Government's treatment of sick and…
A Tory MP promoted in Theresa May's reshuffle has apologised over a blog post suggesting benefit claimants should have vasectomies. Ben Bradley, who was named as Conservative vice chairman for youth, said people on welfare should stop having children if they could not afford them, before suggesting sterilisation. The Mansfield…
More than one million calls to the Universal Credit helpline have been abandoned without claimants getting an answer over a 12-month period, new figures show. Labour MP Jim McMahon said the sheer number of calls going without an answer could mean many claimants were giving up trying to get through…
Campaigners have launched legal action against the Government over a cap in funding for a flagship scheme to help disabled people back into work. The challenge over Access to Work concerns a cap on the amount of money people can be awarded through the scheme, which it is argued will…
Disabled people are seen as a burden on society "because the Government thinks we cost too much money", an Access to Work claimant has said. Julie Fernandez is an actor, trainer and entrepreneur who sold her craft business at the beginning of the year and is now working in a…
More than 200,000 original decisions on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) have been changed since April 2015, according to analysis of Government figures. Those unhappy with a PIP decision must first go through a mandatory reconsideration, in which the Department for Work and Pensions reviews the decision. Following that, a claimant…
More than one in five managers say they would be less likely to employ a disabled person, believing they would struggle to do the job or citing concerns about the cost of workplace adjustments, a "shocking" survey reveals. The Leonard Cheshire Disability charity said its poll of more than 500…
Some banks have been told not to lend money to anyone claiming Universal Credit, an SNP MP has claimed. Philippa Whitford added that claimants looking for loans could be driven "into the hands of payday lenders and loan sharks" if they cannot get the funds from other sources. She made…
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