The High Court has ruled that the delay in payments of Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) to two disabled people was ‘unlawful’ and took an ‘unacceptably long time’. The two claimants have said that the nine month delays left them struggling to pay for food and essentials
Far-reaching reforms of Universal Credit (UC) are needed to help hundreds of thousands more people into work and bring significant cash benefits to working families with children, according to a new report published by the independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation.
People who class themselves as having poor health are far less likely to remain in work than those with good health. However, there has been very little research about the transitions people with poor health make between different employment states over time. According to a new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, those reporting poor health are less likely to move from economic inactivity to activity, and more likely to make the reverse transition.
An ambitious £30 million programme to help long-term unemployed adults into work, has today been announced by the Welsh Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths.
This investment, backed by £18 million of EU funds and supported by Jobcentre Plus, is for the first phase of the Communities for Work programme, which aims to support over 35,000 people over the next three years and help more than 6,000 people into work.
David Cameron has rejected Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to restrict Child Benefit to the first two children or cut the amount a first child can receive by over a third. Cameron has promised not to make cuts to Child Benefit until 2020, However, as outlined in the Queen’s Speech, the rate will be frozen from 2016 – 17.
The Guardian has reported on leaked internal government advice which warns the Department for Work and Pensions that ‘around 40,000 more … children might in the absence of any behaviour change, find themselves in poverty as a result of reducing the cap to £23,000’.
This is in addition to the 50,000 children who are currently below the poverty line as a result of the current benefit cap of £26,000.
A recent NAO report has suggested that mistakes made by the Department for Work & Pensions, whilst implementing welfare reforms, have had ‘significant financial and human costs’.
The BBC has uncovered an ‘aggressive tax avoidance scheme’, which exploits Employment Allowance, a scheme introduced by the government in April 2014 to encourage small businesses to take on more workers.