DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly dropped its estimates of how many children will be lifted out of poverty because of Universal Credit. A white paper from 2010, which set out the government’s plans for the new programme, suggested … Continue reading DWP “quietly” drops Universal Credit child poverty aims, instead swaps to vague hopes of eliminating child poverty

Six weeks for first UC payment is too long, says 74% of those polled including majority of Tory voters

Respondents to the poll were asked whether they thought the average six-week period new claimants are made to wait before receiving their first full payment is “an acceptable wait, or should the Government take steps to reduce waiting times?”. Just … Continue reading Six weeks for first UC payment is too long, says 74% of those polled including majority of Tory voters

“Making work pay” is obscene political propaganda from the Tories, says AAV

The idea that the benefits system is too generous and that people will just go out and find jobs if the welfare system is slashed is one of the most pervasive right-wing economic myths. … Slashing Working Tax Credits, Housing … Continue reading “Making work pay” is obscene political propaganda from the Tories, says AAV

Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, ‘guinea pig’ councils say

The universal credit system is pushing poor tenants deeper into rent arrears and sending food bank referrals soaring, according to a study by two councils that have been guinea pigs for the new regime. Southwark and Croydon councils in south … Continue reading Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, ‘guinea pig’ councils say

Crossbencher Baroness Meacher: UC claimants ‘resorting to burglary’ to pay debts

Crossbencher Baroness Meacher says the roll-out of universal credit is leading to “unprecedented” levels of debt because of an average wait of seven or eight weeks for their first payment. She says that some people “are resorting to burglary in … Continue reading Crossbencher Baroness Meacher: UC claimants ‘resorting to burglary’ to pay debts

Disabled MP Jared O’Mara accuses Tories of ‘eugenics’ policies to make disabled people ‘suffer and die’

Jared O’Mara, the new MP for Sheffield Hallam, has criticised the Conservatives’ over their dismantling of the benefit system which makes disabled people “suffer and die”. He said they have “completely torn up the welfare system” and has declared his … Continue reading Disabled MP Jared O’Mara accuses Tories of ‘eugenics’ policies to make disabled people ‘suffer and die’

Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Teachers are using their own money to care for their students, it has been revealed. A survey found 51% of teachers have taken steps to provide care for poorer students, in some cases providing food, and in other cases money … Continue reading Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap

The benefit cap ruled “unlawful” by the High Court is believed to hit 20,000 families, and Labour are now pressuring the government to listen to the ruling. The court said the cap causes “real misery for no good reason” and … Continue reading Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap