Welfare Weekly Newsletter 27 March 2020

27 March 2020 — Welfare Weekly

Urgent action still needed to support self-employed, says poverty charity

Urgent action still needed to support self-employed, says poverty charity

Government plans don’t go far enough and Universal Credit should not be seen as a viable solution for the self-employed.

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Self-employed to be offered grants of up to £2,500 a month – but they’ll have to wait until June

Self-employed to be offered grants of up to £2,500 a month - but they'll have to wait until June

Coronavirus support package for the self-employed ‘fails to deliver for many households already in difficulty.

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“We are facing a child poverty crisis,” charity warns

"We are facing a child poverty crisis," charity warns

Plea to increase benefits as 100,000 more children are pushed into poverty.

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Universal Credit system buckles as 500,000 plead for help in just nine days

Universal Credit system buckles as 500,000 plead for help in just nine days

Almost 500,000 people apply online for Universal Credit in just nine days.

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Boris Johnson accused of ‘breaking a promise’ on home evictions ban

Boris Johnson accused of 'breaking a promise' on home evictions ban

‘Watered down’ legislation risks dumping poor and vulnerable people on to the streets, say Labour.

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DWP under pressure to turn Universal Credit advances into non-repayable grants

DWP under pressure to turn Universal Credit advances into non-repayable grants

Call comes as half a million people apply for Universal Credit online in just nine days, creating huge delays.

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Benefit assessments suspended for three months while new claimants told to stay away from Jobcentres

Benefit assessments suspended for three months while new claimants told to stay away from Jobcentres

Coronavirus: DWP suspends all benefit reviews and reassessments for at least three months.

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Government urged not to remove Care Act rights from disabled people

Government urged not to remove Care Act rights from disabled people

Removing rights and protections from disabled people who are most at risk from Coronavirus cannot be justified, say charities.

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DWP officials sent to ‘front line’ as government prepares for flood in benefit claims

DWP officials sent to 'front line' as government prepares for flood in benefit claims

People are already losing their jobs and financial security in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Tax the rich to fund ‘Universal Basic Income’

Tax the rich to fund 'Universal Basic Income'

Coronavirus crisis shows why the government were wrong to under-value so-called ‘low skilled’ workers, says Plaid Cymru MP.

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