Welfare Weekly Issue: 14 April, 2019

14 April 2019 — Welfare Weekly

Benefit claimant with broken back killed himself after being found 'fit for work' by DWPBenefit claimant with broken back killed himself after being found ‘fit for work’ by DWP

He was left pennniless and unable to pay the rent or top up his electricity meter.

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Benefit claimant left sarcastic suicide note 'thanking' the DWP before taking his own lifeBenefit claimant left sarcastic suicide note ‘thanking’ the DWP before taking his own life

Mr Sycamore was left unable to top up his electric meter due to problems with Universal Credit.

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MPs slam 'dismissive' and 'disrespectful' DWP over Universal Credit reportMPs slam ‘dismissive’ and ‘disrespectful’ DWP over Universal Credit report

Work and Pensions Committee blasts “disrespectful Government responses that treat us like dirt”.

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Homeless disabled woman left in unsuitable temporary accommodation, says OmbudsmanHomeless disabled woman left in unsuitable temporary accommodation, says Ombudsman

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Homeless family left in damp and cockroach-infested properties, says OmbudsmanHomeless family left in damp and cockroach-infested properties, says Ombudsman

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MPs pressure Tories over bereavement benefit 'injustice' after Supreme Court rulingMPs pressure Tories over bereavement benefit ‘injustice’ after Supreme Court ruling

 

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Children face mental health 'postcode lottery', Commissioner warnsChildren face mental health ‘postcode lottery’, Commissioner warns

 

Over a third of councils in England have reduced real-terms spending on “low level” children’s mental health services.

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Disability benefit cuts cost more than they save, says charityDisability benefit cuts cost more than they save, says charity

Taxpayers footing the bill for DWP incompetency.

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Facebook under fire after blocking group over naked disabled woman imageFacebook under fire after blocking group over naked disabled woman image

The photo aims to challenge modern preconceptions about disability and beauty.

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Benefit freeze to cut a further £4.4bn from social security paymentsBenefit freeze to cut a further £4.4bn from social security payments

SNP call on the Tory government to scrap the “callous” benefit freeze.

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Heartless council removed homeless people's tents and only belongingsHeartless council removed homeless people’s tents and only belongings

The heartless eviction of rough sleepers in Cardiff city centre was supervised by police officers.

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Justin Tomlinson appointed new disabilities minister - his voting recordJustin Tomlinson appointed new disabilities minister – his voting record

Mr Tomlinson has a poor track history in defending the needs of disabled people in the UK.

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