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Benefit payment delays and the bedroom tax impact terribly on disabled people's lives
Dec 18, 2014 - 11:44 AM - by admin
admin's Avatar This year has been an extremely challenging year for many disabled people and today is a perfect example of just some of those challenges. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed that thousands of people are still waiting to be assessed for Personal Independence Payments and are struggling to access this vital benefit. Alongside this, an opposition debate on the bedroom tax is a reference to yet another policy that has had a hugely negative impact on disabled people.

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ESA New Form, Long Waits And Dirty Tricks Plus PIP Stats Latest
Dec 17, 2014 - 8:15 PM - by admin
admin's Avatar Today sees the release of the latest personal independence payment (PIP) statistics, giving details of how many claimants are still waiting and how many new claimants and DLA transfer claimants are getting an award. Today also brings the first mandatory reconsideration statistics. These suggest that DWP dirty tricks have managed to cut the number of employment and support allowance (ESA) challenges by more than half. And they still won’t tell us how many of those challenges are successful.
We explain how to beat the dirty tricks, whether your mandatory reconsideration – the new first step in the appeals process – is for ESA, PIP or another benefit.
The DWP have also announced that a new ESA50 questionnaire is due out early next year which will place more onus on claimants to provide supporting evidence.
Meanwhile, it will come as no surprise to readers to... [Read More]
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Top Secret
Dec 09, 2014 - 12:12 AM - by admin
admin's Avatar Front page of tomorrow's The National. Please support them by buying either a hard copy or a digital subscription

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'Pushing Scots to breaking point'
Dec 04, 2014 - 12:03 PM - by admin
admin's Avatar UK Government welfare reforms are "pushing people to breaking point" in communities throughout Scotland, according to a new report.
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said cuts are having a "devastating" impact on individuals and the charities that help them.
Benefit claimants face depression, fear and anxiety as a result of changes to the system, a report by the umbrella body for voluntary organisations in Scotland found. Full article here.
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Full Mitigation Of ‘Bedroom Tax’ In Scotland
Dec 02, 2014 - 11:11 PM - by admin
admin's Avatar A key vote in the Scottish Parliament has removed the last hurdle to lifting the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments and will allow for the full mitigation of the Bedroom Tax.
The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee today passed the subordinate legislation necessary to allow the Scottish Government to do more to support victims of Westminster’s Bedroom Tax.
After extensive campaigning, the Westminster Government earlier this year finally agreed to lift the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) that had put a limit on the support that local authorities could provide and today’s vote is the final step in enabling increased DHPs. Full article here
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Latest UK Housing Benefit Statistics
Dec 02, 2014 - 5:04 PM - by admin
admin's Avatar At August 2014:
  • The total number of people claiming Housing Benefit was 4.93 million.
  • 3.65 million Housing Benefit claimants were aged under 65, representing almost three quarters of all Housing Benefit claimants.
  • 67 per cent of Housing Benefit claimants were tenants of Social Rented Sector landlords.
  • Just under two thirds of Housing Benefit claimants were in receipt of a Passported Benefit.
  • The overall average Housing Benefit award was £93.05 per week.
  • 3.87 million Housing Benefit claimants were single, with 65% of these being female. Of the 1.80 million claimants with at least one child dependent, 1.20 million of these were single.
  • 86% of the 1.61 million Private Sector tenant Housing Benefit recipients were receiving the Local Housing Allowance.
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Tory Disaster
Dec 01, 2014 - 1:23 AM - by admin
admin's Avatar Over the course of this parliament, income tax receipts were £66bn less than forecast, National Insurance contributions were £25.5bn lower than expected and welfare spending on those in work was £25bn higher than planned. Meanwhile, the number of working people claiming housing benefit rose by more than 400,000 between May 2010 and May 2014, at a cost to the taxpayer of £1.4bn.
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From Nicola Sturgeon
Nov 27, 2014 - 11:19 PM - by admin
admin's Avatar The Smith Commission report on additional powers for the Scottish Parliament was published today.

The SNP will always welcome new powers for Scotland. But I am disappointed that today’s report falls well short of the proposals from the Scottish Government – and the promises made by the three Westminster party leaders in the days before the referendum.
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Granny – aged 90 – told to attend job centre interview
Nov 26, 2014 - 12:01 PM - by admin
admin's Avatar If you want an illustration of the mess created by Iain Duncan Smith in our social security system and the incompetence of the present government, you only need to see this letter from the DWP to a 90-year-old woman ordering her to attend a job related interview which was posted online by her grandson:
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What an Insult
Nov 25, 2014 - 9:51 AM - by admin
admin's Avatar Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Neil Findlay yesterday issued a direct challenge to the party establishment over ballot papers which could favour Blairite candidate Jim Murphy. Mr Findlay said it was “insulting” to thousands of Labour members and trade unionists supporting his campaign that their nominations for him had been left off the ballot papers — but MPs’ nominations for Mr Murphy had been included.


“I view all parts of our Labour Party as equal so I am surprised that only MPs’ and MSPs’ nominations have been included,” the left-wing Lothians MSP said.
“It is insulting given the effort and expense members, CLPs, trade unions and socialist societies went to organise special meetings and consultation events.”
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