Department of Work and Pensions
This week the Department for Work and Pensions published analysis on the range of disadvantages workless families face, including conflict between parents, drug and alcohol dependency, or mental health problems. While the first job of this department is to do everything we can to support people into work, we know that wider issues like these can prevent families from getting on with their lives, leaving children without the stability they need.
The Government must urgently consider the far-reaching challenges associated with this policy, and exclude victims-survivors of domestic abuse from collection charges. That way we will ensure that the support owed to their children is paid and that those victims-survivors are not distressed further by having to make contact with a former violent partner.
For single parents, who are disproportionately affected by unfair sanctions, this is a sad state of affairs. And that's why this month's National Audit Office report on benefit sanctions is such a necessary wake-up call.
Carers to a severely disabled teenager and a victim of domestic violence both won their Court of Appeal challenges on Wednesday
The grandparents of a severely disabled teenager who won a Court of Appeal challenge over the lawfulness of the so-called
The Government has failed to provide any evidence to prove that migrants are travelling to the UK in order to receive in
David Cameron’s claim that “around 40 per cent” of European Economic Area migrants are support by UK benefits is “uncertain
People have taken to Twitter to add to the Department for Work and Pensions' bank of fabricated stories in the brilliant
Given the scale of this issue throughout the course of the last parliament, you have to wonder how the coalition government failed to deal with the challenge.
After it was confirmed that Ian Duncan Smith would remain in cabinet as the work and pensions secretary, he wasted no time and pressed ahead with his welfare reforms, one of note being the back-to-cabaret scheme.