Monthly Archives: February 2014

Man starved after benefits were cut

Reposted from The Oxford Mail via Tom Pride MALNUTRITION: Mark Wood A “VULNERABLE and fragile” man starved to death four months after most of his benefits were stopped and he was left with just £40 a week to survive on. … Continue reading

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Minister apologises after woman in coma was told to find work

Reposted from guardian society The minister for disabled people, Mike Penning, said that he apologised ‘unreservedly’ to the family of Sheila Holt. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images A government minister has apologised after it emerged that a Whitehall department sent letters … Continue reading

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Benefit mismanagement hurting sick and disabled, watchdog says

Reposted from Guardian Society   Poor performance has forced Iain Duncan Smith’s department to stagger the full roll out of PIPs. Photograph: David Jones/PA Sick and disabled people trying to claim a new benefit introduced by Iain Duncan Smith are facing “distress … Continue reading

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Coalition to impose sanctions on housing benefit

Originally posted on Mike Sivier's blog:
Part-time workers who are judged to be doing too little to find full-time work could have their Housing Benefit sanctioned by the government when Universal Credit comes into full force, according to Inside…

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More Workfare, More Sanctions, Iain Duncan Smith’s Brutal and Barmy Plan To End Child Poverty

Originally posted on the void:
The Government’s latest child poverty strategy is a blueprint for pushing already struggling single parents into financial destitution with benefit sanctions and workfare. This year’s five reasons for child poverty are predictably unemployment, along with…

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IDS Fu*ks up the stats….AGAIN!

Reposted from Nick @mylegalforum Work and Pensions Select Committee member Sheila Gilmore MP today welcomed a letter from the UK Statistics Authority that described figures published by Iain Duncan Smith’s Department as ‘potentially misleading’ and questioned their status as ‘National … Continue reading

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Tory MP who criticised benefits claimants is himself being investigated for benefit fraud

Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
(not satire – it’s Peter Bone!)  Right-wing Tory MP Peter Bone once said this of benefits claimants: “It cannot be right that people who are funded entirely by the taxpayer are making life unbearable…

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