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'Why this fascination with an MP who died 70 years ago? Helen Goodman, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland writes about Eleanor Rathbone

Eleanor Rathbone

A number of celebrations are taking place this year of Eleanor Rathbone. In Liverpool recently a thousand people attended a lecture about her. 627 more words

Universal Credit – for men?

Last month I wrote a blog about the Prime Minister’s speech on supporting families, where he referred to parenting as a ‘job’, and families as ‘the best anti-poverty measure ever invented’. 489 more words


Diary Day 99: An Aside About The Housing Benefit Missing Xmas Payment Cock Up and Universal Credit

On New Years Eve, I opened up my bank account and read the balance.

My rent was due on the 3rd January 2016 and, as this was the last day of the month, my new Housing Benefit payment of £909.00 should have been in my account since my recent house move. 1,337 more words

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Revealed: the Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor

THE TORY government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs, with critics warning introducing the “shockingly harsh” penalties risks plunging workers into poverty. 1,389 more words


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Suffolk Coastal Clients: news about managing your Council tax and some benefits

If you live in the Suffolk Coastal District Council area there’s a new website that brings together ways to pay your Council Tax, claim Housing Benefit, Universal Credit and undertake other transactions. 89 more words


Over Half Of All Businesses Launched On Government Enterprise Scheme Would Be Shut Down Under Universal Credit

Over half of all small businesses launched under the DWP’s flagship New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme will be ruthlessly closed down when draconian new benefit conditions for self-employed people are introduced as part of Universal Credit. 912 more words

Welfare Reform

The love tax.

Jeez who thought that one up ?.

Ministers must drop a ‘love tax’ from welfare reforms which will slash more than £1,000 from single parents who meet a new partner, it will be claimed today. 152 more words

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