Monthly Archives: March 2014

One-armed Derbyshire dad has benefit cut and is told he’s fit to work

One-armed Derbyshire dad has benefit cut and is told he’s fit to work By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: March 29, 2014 By Ella Rhodes Jonathan Collinge has had his benefits cut after an assessment by Atos, which said he was fit to work. … Continue reading

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‘We were wrong’: Government admits it should not have axed disability benefits of Asperger’s sufferer who starved to death just five months later weighing five-and-a-half stone

Reposted from the Daily Mail   Mark Wood, 44, weighed 5.5st when he died after Atos cut his benefits Had more than 7 illnesses including Asperger’s but told he was ‘fit to work’ Ordered to find employment and given just … Continue reading

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PCS calls for Atos services to be brought in-house

Reposted from Union News The PCS has called for work carried out by Atos to be brought in-house. The government yesterday confirmed the controversial firm will end its contract for assessing disabled people early. PCS says the work capability assessment … Continue reading

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Government to launch consultations on changes to FOI Act to make sure it is not ‘abused’

Reposted from FoI directory The UK Government is to launch two consultations, later this year, on changes to the Freedom of Information Act – these could potentially weaken the FOI Act.  Justice Minister Simon Hughes, who took over the responsibility for … Continue reading

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Esther McVey flounders as bedroom tax failure becomes clear Conservative minister says policy was “never all about saving money” but just six per cent of tenants have downsized.

Reposted from the New Statesman After the publication of today’s BBC study showing that the bedroom tax has resulted in just 6 per cent of affected tenants moving house, while pushing 28 per cent into rent arrears, it was left to Esther McVey to defend … Continue reading

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Benefits assessment led to woman’s suicide says watchdog

Originally posted on Benefit tales:
The way a woman was assessed for benefits led to her suicide less than a month later, according to a mental health watchdog. The woman had a history of depression and was on significant medication,…

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Scam-Ridden Universal Jobmatch Just Fine Says Monster Boss As He Laughs All The Way To The Bank

Originally posted on the void:
The breath-taking arrogance of private sector contractors has been laid bare today with the publication of a letter from the CEO of Monster Jobs defending the shambolic Universal Jobmatch website. Universal Jobmatch is the scandal-hit…

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