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How The DWP Is Trying To Hide Even More #fakedwpstories

Panic seems to have set in at the DWP after the department was caught out making up case histories to justify the use of benefit sanctions leading to the hashtag… 178 more words

Welfare Reform

Work-shy dole scroungers - so last century

The Resolution Foundation published two reports on work, poverty and benefits either side of the weekend. Last week’s An Ocean Apart contrasted the developments in employment and welfare in the UK and USA over the last 20 years. 1,011 more words

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The treachery of wilfully and brutally imposed hardship in a land of plenty

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,184

Thursday 20 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In a land of plenty which sees 15 million tonnes of food thrown away every year, a nation in which 13 million are living in poverty, over half of whom are in work, we have a social security system which is depriving people of the means of survival on a routine basis. 467 more words

Keith Lindsay-Cameron

What’s new in administrative justice, August 2015


The Justice Select Committee has announced an inquiry into the impact of the introduction of tribunal fees and enhanced court fees. The inquiry will look at how the increased fees have affected access to justice, and how they have affected the volume and quality of cases brought. 1,335 more words

Judicial Review

Benefit sanctions - overused, harmful and unjustified

David Clapson died with no food in his stomach, three weeks after his Jobseekers Allowance was stopped due to a benefit sanction. David, a 59 year old diabetic who had served in the Army and cared for his late mother, was desperately seeking work when he fell foul of the sanctions regime. 839 more words


A watershed budget that changes the landscape for Lone Parents: Belina Seminar report

This is the first of a series on blogs on issues that arose out of our Summer Afternoon Seminar

The 2015 Summer Budget was a watershed  that changed the tax and benefits landscape. 237 more words

Review of benefit sanctions urged amid concern over regime's effectiveness

Advisers to Iain Duncan Smith say there is no hard evidence that stopping payments to claimants is helping people get jobs

The Social Security Advisory Committee also raises concerns over how job centres deal with recipients of universal credit who are in work. 147 more words