benefit cuts

  • January 27, 2013

    Oxfam Scotland has backed a report by Dr Jim McCormick and SCVO on the impact of social security cuts, saying they will increase poverty.

  • January 14, 2013

    In January last year (2012) I predicted that thousands of disabled people would lose their Motability vehicles under the Government’s draft criteria for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), set to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) under the Welfare Reform Act. When the Government published the final version of the criteria recently, it turned out that the reality is far, far worse than we could have imagined. That is one of the harsh realities of the We Are Spartacus 'Emergency - Stop' report and campaign launched today.

  • January 10, 2013

    The UK government’s Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill will hit even seriously ill people and their families, specialists have pointed out. The controversial measure involves limiting increases in most working-age benefits to one per cent a year for three years from 2013-14 – a drop in real terms, since the cost of living is rising considerably faster.

  • January 9, 2013

    Government claims that disabled people have been protected in the government's Welfare Benefits Uprating Bill are untrue, say critics of the measure.

  • January 8, 2013

    Ministers' attempts to turn neighbour against neighbour in a bid to drive through the one per cent benefits cap are a "stain on our society", says PCS.

  • January 8, 2013

    A proposal to cut benefits for obese and unhealthy people who fail to attend exercise sessions has hit the headlines. People of ordinary weight and in good health could lose money too.

  • January 7, 2013

    The chief executives of 23 major British charities say the government must make sure increases in benefit rates at least reflect rises in the cost of living.

  • January 4, 2013

    Ministers should not assume that voters will continue to back their attack on benefits if they find out the facts, new opinion research suggests.

  • December 30, 2012

    A new report published by the TUC says families with two children will be over £1,000 worse off by the end of 2015 due to the freezing and capping of child benefit.

  • December 27, 2012

    Many thousands of disabled people with serious musculo-skeletal conditions, serious heart conditions or respiratory difficulties, cerebral palsy, neurological conditions such as MS and ME and many more will no longer benefit from the Motability vehicle scheme under new government proposals, writes Jane Young. Their car will simply be taken away before they have a chance to appeal. In this article she explains what is happening under proposals for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and how concerned individuals and organisations can respond.