UK Welfare Weekly 22 February 2020

22 February 2020 — Welfare Weekly

Disabled gran 'virtually housebound' after DWP slashed her vital benefits lifelineDisabled gran ‘virtually housebound’ after DWP slashed her vital benefits lifeline

She says the cruel decision has left her feeling “anxious” and “isolated” after she was also forced to return her mobility car.

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Council blasted by Ombudsman over its treatment of homeless familyCouncil blasted by Ombudsman over its treatment of homeless family

Council delayed helping a family in need and failed to cooperate with investigation.

Number of workers on 'zero-hour contracts' hits new record highNumber of workers on ‘zero-hour contracts’ hits new record high

Close to one million people now count a “zero-hour contract” as their main job, new figures reveal.

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Shrinking value of Universal Credit payments revealedShrinking value of Universal Credit payments revealed

Monthly payment for a single person on Universal Credit in April 2019 was worth 88% of what it was in April 2013.

DWP urged to concede third legal challenge to Universal Credit migration arrangementsDWP urged to concede third legal challenge to Universal Credit migration arrangements

The government lost two previous legal challenges and are now being urged to concede a third.

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Number of workers on 'zero-hour contracts' hits new record high‘Callous’ Tory welfare system forces Scots on Universal Credit to repay £9 million in one month

In total, Universal Credit claimaints throught the UK have been made to repay £50million in loans in only a year.

DWP slammed for abandoning commitment to review 1.6 million PIP claimsDWP slammed for abandoning commitment to review 1.6 million PIP claims

“This is retrograde step in ensuring disabled people receive their correct disability benefit entitlement.”

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Universal Credit could 'steamroll' two million vulnerable people into povertyUniversal Credit could ‘steamroll’ two million vulnerable people into poverty

Complicated application process means that many people simply give up before their claim is completed.

Tories face legal action over 'failing' patients with learning disabilities and autismTories face legal action over ‘failing’ patients with learning disabilities and autism

Health Secretary given just 14 days to respond to a threat of legal action by the equalities watchdog.

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Mhairi Black calls on UK Government to devolve all welfare powers to ScotlandMhairi Black calls on UK Government to devolve all welfare powers to Scotland

UK Government challenged to devolve all social security powers to Scotland.

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