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A senior MP has issued a fresh warning about "state-sponsored destitution" amid claims of a "gaping hole" in the welfare system.Figures uncovered by Labour's Frank Field found that nearly 200,000 applications were made for advances on working age benefits in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available.However, only…
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…
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Dress for success

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Although some companies have relaxed their dress code for employees, many still expect a professional look in interviews for new recruits. Here we look at why it is still important to companies.

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Resigning with class!

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Are you preparing to resign from your current job? Some job seekers have a hard time doing so, either because they love the job and their colleagues or because they can't stand the job and can't wait to leave. 

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When the workplace is a hell place

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Founder of Just Fight On, Jo-Anne Brown, spoke exclusively to us about bullying and harassment in the workplace. Bullying only happens to weak people. It only happens in school playgrounds.

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