Welfare Weekly Newsletter 4 May 2020

4 May 2020 — Welfare Weekly

One in five UK households with children go hungry during Covid-19 lockdown

One in five UK households with children go hungry during Covid-19 lockdown

UK Government facing mounting pressure to strengthen the social security safety net.

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Universal Credit: Could this be the best way of scrapping the dreaded five-week wait?

Universal Credit: Could this be the best way of scrapping the dreaded five-week wait?

SNP propose solution to Tory concerns over scrapping the minimum five-week wait for Universal Credit.

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81% surge in foodbank use sparks calls for a stronger welfare safety net

81% surge in foodbank use sparks calls for a stronger welfare safety net

Coalition of charities call for a ‘Coronavirus Emergency Income Support Scheme’ to help protect low-income households.

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Family of man who ‘starved to death’ after benefits stopped issue legal claim against DWP

Family of man who 'starved to death' after benefits stopped issue legal claim against DWPErrol Graham was found dead in his flat weighing only four and a half stone.

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Increase legacy benefits to avoid ‘two-tier’ welfare system

Increase legacy benefits to avoid 'two-tier' welfare system

SNP condemns “unfair” disparity between old and new benefit systems.

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Over half a million food parcels delivered to people ‘shielding’ from Covid-19

Over half a million food parcels delivered to people 'shielding' from Covid-19

Each box contains enough food to last a single person one week and includes fresh fruit and sanitary items.

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Unpaid family carers ‘feel completely ignored’ by Government amid the Coronavirus pandemic

Unpaid family carers 'feel completely ignored' by Government amid the Coronavirus pandemic

Government under pressure to increase the value of Carer’s Allowance to help the UK’s army of 6.5 million unpaid carers.

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Disability benefits extended by six months if due reassessment within three months

Disability benefits extended by six months if due reassessment within three months

Disability benefit awards extended by six months for those due to be reassessed in the next three months.

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DWP ‘didn’t really consider’ scrapping the five-week wait for Universal Credit

DWP 'didn't really consider' scrapping the five-week wait for Universal Credit

Tory welfare minister says the structure of Universal Credit is unlikely to change despite the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

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Nearly 11 MILLION children at risk of Coronavirus poverty as campaigners demand benefit changes

Nearly 11 MILLION children at risk of Coronavirus poverty as campaigners demand benefit changesMore than two-thirds of UK children are living in households where their parents’ employment has been affected by Covid-19.

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