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A "pervasive lack of trust" among disabled people in the method of assessing their welfare claims risks undermining the operation of the Government's flagship benefits, MPs have warned. Since 2013, 290,000 rejected claims for Personal Independence Payments or Employment and Support Allowance have been granted on appeal - a total…
More than £100 million has been spent by the Department for Work and Pensions on administering reviews and appeals against disability benefits in little more than two years, new figures show. This is in addition to the tens of millions of pounds spent every year by the Ministry of Justice…
Families hit by the Government's "two-child limit" for welfare payments have started a High Court action against the policy. The rule, introduced in April last year, restricts child tax credits and universal credit to the first two children in a family. Lawyers acting on behalf of three UK families told…
The recent rise in homelessness has its roots in welfare reform and the housing market, almost entirely accounted for by an increase in families losing their privately-rented housing, experts have said. The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1,768 in 2010 to…
A Government minister has described claims from an SNP MP that people have "taken their own lives as a result of Government's benefit policies" as "appalling and unsubstantiated". Work and Pensions minister Sarah Newton branded the comments shameful as SNP Deidre Brock urged her to "apologise to the victims of…
The Government is going to review all 1.6 million claims for a disability benefit after it decided not to contest a High Court ruling. Ministers previously said accepting the decision over claims by those with mental health conditions could see up to 220,000 personal independence payment (PIP) claimants awarded higher…
A senior MP has issued a fresh warning about "state-sponsored destitution" amid claims of a "gaping hole" in the welfare system.Figures uncovered by Labour's Frank Field found that nearly 200,000 applications were made for advances on working age benefits in 2016, the latest year for which figures are available.However, only…
More than 220,000 people have been given "zero scores" in both parts of the test for disability benefits in only 18 months, according to new figures. Labour's Angela Eagle called the statistics "deeply worrying" and said it reflected growing numbers of cases causing people great distress in her constituency. Personal…
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