Department for Work and Pensions

Disability Benefit Reforms Are Actually Making People More Ill, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK

A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a...

Department For Work and Pensions To Axe 800 Jobs

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Politics

The department for work and pensions is set to make more than 800 staff redundant, union chiefs say. A programme of office closures and the implementa...

The Seven Most Damning Points From The High Court's Brutal Ruling On Benefit Cuts

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK

The Government’s benefits cap is causing “real misery” to lone parents’ young children, the High Court has said in a damning judgment of auste...

Left In Limbo: How Housing Benefit Changes Will Leave Young People Out In The Cold

Richard Hughes | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Richard Hughes

While YMCA recognises the ideological premise behind the removal of automatic housing support for some young people with exemptions, it can only have the impact the Government desires with major policy change. That is why we are calling on the Government to take immediate action to address the failings in the policy.

Giving People With Learning Disabilities Access To Work

Judith Elizabeth Davey | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK
Judith Elizabeth Davey

From employers' negative attitudes and views, to limited support in finding jobs, there are many reasons why people with learning disabilities struggl...

'Disabled Genocide' Of Tory Austerity Torn Apart On The Last Leg

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK

Adam Hills and Alex Brooker have launched a scathing attack on Tory disability cuts likening them to a “genocide” against disabled people. The hos...

Bad News Buried As Government Axes Housing Benefit For 18-21s

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics

Housing benefit is to be axed for 18-21 year-olds within weeks after ministers decided to go ahead with controversial plans to force young unemployed ...

Amputee Who Barely Survived Five Major Ops And Two Heart Attacks Declared 'Fit For Work'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK

A father who lost his arm in a horrific motorcycle accident and underwent five major operations in as many months has been stripped of his benefits af...

Man With No Legs Told He's 'Fit For Work' As He Can 'Climb Stairs With Arms'

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK

A double amputee told by the Department for Work and Pensions that he was “fit for work” as he could “climb stairs with his arms” has won an a...

Government Ignores Pleas To Scrap Tax Credit 'Rape Clause'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 21.01.2017 | UK

Women who have a third child as a result of rape will have to demonstrate their circumstances to health and social care workers or specialist charitie...

Thousands Of Children Will Sink Deeper Into Poverty As Cost Of Living Outstrips Benefits, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Politics

Thousands of children will sink further into poverty by the end of the decade, a new report has warned. Parents on benefits could be as much as £2,80...

This Is How Much Two Private Companies Earn From Fit-For-Work Assessments

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

Two private companies have earned more than half a billion pounds over four years conducting fit-for-work assessments of disability benefit claimants....

Ministers Committed To Tackling Child Poverty Claims No.10, After Abolishing Dedicated Unit

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 20.12.2016 | UK Politics

Downing Street has insisted the government is committed to reducing poverty, after it was revealed it had abolished its child poverty unit. Ministers ...

Obese Benefit Claimants Face Compulsory Health Meetings

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK Politics

Severely overweight people on benefits should be forced to attend “health discussions” to get them into work, a new review has concluded. The long...

DWP 'Should End Strict Sanctions And Conditions On Benefits'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Politics

Forcing the unemployed to regularly turn up to Job Centres is harmful and counter-productive, the Government’s own ‘behavioural’ policy unit has...

Partially Paralysed Man With Half A Skull Has DWP 'Fit For Work' Ruling Overturned

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK

A partially paralysed man who had half his skull removed after suffering a stroke has had his benefits reinstated and an original ‘fit for work’ d...

This Tweet From The DWP Is Baffling, Amusing And Angering All In Equal Measure

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK

Like an uncle at a wedding trying to get down with the kids by busting out some terrible moves, the DWP has taken a rather interesting approach to try...

Dead Soldier's Family Blame Benefit Cut For 'Taking Away His Lifeline'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

The family of a soldier who died after having his benefits cut are appealing for funds for a public inquiry into whether Iain Duncan Smith's departmen...

Millions Of Children Prepare To Face Families' Benefit Freeze Imposed By IDS

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

More than seven million children will be affected by family members being hit by a four-year benefit freeze, research has shown. The Children’s S...

Iain Duncan Smith's Benefit Changes Slammed By Three Reports In One Day

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) is having a damaging effect on millions of working families, leaving the "poorest running up the down escala...

Woman Sacked By DWP 'For Taking Too Much Time Off For Treatment For Terminal Cancer'

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK

A cancer patient claims that she was fired by the Department of Work and Pensions because she took too much time off work for her treatment. Paulin...

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

Dr David Marjoribanks | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr David Marjoribanks

Most people who get married plan their wedding very carefully, plotting out every last detail from seating plans to thank you cards. Few of us plan for these relationships to end, yet sadly, 42% of marriages, and a significant proportion of cohabiting relationships, break down.

Homelessness Being Fuelled By Benefits Sanctions - Report

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK Politics

One-in-five people made homeless in the last year were forced onto the streets after the Government stripped them of welfare payments, a survey has cl...

The Government Has Been Discriminating Against Disabled People Again

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK

Iain Duncan Smith suffered defeat on Thursday when a High Court judge ruled that his plan to cap carers' benefits was discriminatory. The ruling co...

Nearly 20,000 People This Week Called on the Department for Work & Pensions to Act on Its Commitment to Reform the Fit for Work Test

Brian Dow | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Politics
Brian Dow

This week a petition with nearly 20,000 signatures was handed in to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), calling on them to act on their commitment to reform the "fit for work" test.