Welfare Weekly 17 March 2019

17 March 2019 — Welfare Weekly

Universal Credit split payments given to only 20 claimantsUniversal Credit split payments given to only 20 claimants

DWP ignoring the needs of vulnerable claimants at risk of domestic abuse, says SNP.

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Disabled man 'wasting away' after DWP stopped his £700 a month disability benefitsDisabled man ‘wasting away’ after DWP stopped his £700 a month disability benefits

Mr Jones says he has become “too weak to walk to foodbanks”.

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Universal Credit 'causing hardship and emotional distress', says mental health charityUniversal Credit ‘causing hardship and emotional distress’, says mental health charity

DWP urged to pause the continued roll-out of Universal Credit until problems with the new benefit system are fixed.

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Thousands turned away from benefit assessments due to staff shortagesThousands turned away from benefit assessments due to staff shortages

DWP staff shortages adding ‘undue stress’ to disability assessments, says SNP.

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Only 18% of households hit by the 'cruel' benefit cap are able to workOnly 18% of households hit by the ‘cruel’ benefit cap are able to work

DWP urged to exempt anyone who is unable to work from the controversial cap to working-age benefits.

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UN calls on Tories to scrap 'perverse' two-child benefit cap and rape clauseUN calls on Tories to scrap ‘perverse’ two-child benefit cap and rape clause

Report also warns that Universal Credit risks trapping domestic abuse victims in situations of poverty and violence.

Child benefit changes cost struggling families £450 a year, says UnisonChild benefit changes cost struggling families £450 a year, says Unison

Changes linked to the rise in child poverty, household debt and the use of food banks.

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Benefit changes driving demand for NHS mental health services, report saysBenefit changes driving demand for NHS mental health services, report says

A landmark report has warned that benefit changes have resulted in a “substantial care deficit resulting from the impact of growing social and economic hardship”, whilst also warning that frontline mental health services are experiencing sustained pressure due to cruel Government policies. The report from NHS Providers examines the impact of welfare reform on a range of services, including NHS …

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End the benefits freeze to save 200,000 people from poverty, Tories toldEnd the benefits freeze to save 200,000 people from poverty, Tories told

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to end the controversial freeze to working-age benefits in his spring statement.

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Appeal court victory for disabled EU benefit claimantsAppeal court victory for disabled EU benefit claimants

Disabled people arriving in the UK from the EU won’t have to wait 2 years to apply for disability benefits.

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Pension Credit changes could cost pensioners other benefits, charity warnsPension Credit changes could cost pensioners other benefits, charity warns

Those affected by the £7k cut could also lose access to other benefits.

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Autistic boy denied a proper education for a year due to council failingsAutistic boy denied a proper education for a year due to council failings

Cornwall Council did not provide him with the right support sooner, says Ombudsman

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Majority of people facing £7k pension credit cut are disabled, figures showMajority of people facing £7k pension credit cut are disabled, figures show

UK Government urged to reverse planned cuts to pension credit.

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Universal Credit staff told to interrogate benefit claimants while they are in hospitalUniversal Credit staff told to interrogate benefit claimants while they are in hospital

DWP said the shocking practice helps to ensure people are paid their full benefits on time.

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'Suicidal' mum in fear of homelessness after disability benefits cut‘Suicidal’ mum in fear of homelessness after disability benefits cut

A “suicidal” mum claims she is facing the prospect of having to live on the streets after her benefits were stopped.

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Disabled pensioners to be saved from repeat benefit assessmentsDisabled pensioners to be saved from repeat benefit assessments

Charities have welcomed the announcement but said there is still much more that needs to be done.

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Tory benefit freeze 'predicted to increase poverty more than any other policy'Tory benefit freeze ‘predicted to increase poverty more than any other policy’

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to end the freeze to working-age benefits a year earlier than originally planned.

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Benefits system causing 'unneccesary distress' to people with mental health problems, report saysBenefits system causing ‘unneccesary distress’ to people with mental health problems, report says

Urgent changes needed to prevent people with mental health problems from “falling out of the system entirely”.

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