Tag Archives: Iain Duncan Smith

A crisis made in Downing Street: one MILLION people visit food banks

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Almost one million people had to rely on a food bank for emergency food aid in the past year.

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Until ESA is reformed, the rights won by generations of disability campaigners will evaporate

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The new Spartacus report proposes an alternative to the broken ESA system.

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Government hampering scrutiny of universal credit, say MPs

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The Work and Pensions Select Committee has today accused the government of “hampering” its inquiry into Universal Credit.

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People hit by Bedroom Tax choosing between eating and heating

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People hit by the hated Bedroom Tax are choosing between eating and heating, with three quarters cutting back on food bills, according to a new report.

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The Work Programme: just 1 in 20 ESA claimants have found work through the scheme

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The latest batch of Work Programme data were released today. New quarter; similar results: a programme doing acceptably for some, but for others not.

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Duncan Smith department promoting ‘negative perceptions’ of benefit claimants

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A group of MPs has slammed the government for using official statistics inaccurately to spin stories about benefit claimants.

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Three things you should know about benefit fraud ‘lie detector’ tests

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Why are local authorities permitted to squander taxpayers’ money on something that appears to be about as effective as homeopathy?

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The Trussell Trust supplies 600,000 emergency parcels in nine months

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New figures released by the Trussell Trust show that the food bank charity provided emergency parcels containing three days food more than 600,000 times between April and December last year.

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The government’s child poverty strategy falls short of the mark

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The government’s child poverty strategy is disappointingly short on new ideas.

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By restricting the up-rating of benefits, the coalition is pushing vulnerable people into poverty

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By slashing social security benefits the Tories therefore risk pushing some of the most vulnerable people in society back below the poverty line.

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