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Saving Our Safety Net Fact of the Week: quarter of a million people face five week wait for benefits

This month a new set of regulations means that more than a quarter of a million people claiming Jobseekeer’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance will have to wait seven days before they are entitled to any benefits. From next year, as Universal Credit replaces these benefits, most people who are unemployed or who are disabled or unable to work because of long-term sickness will face a wait of at least five weeks before they get their first money. Read More

Benefit cuts mean more children in poverty

Today George Osborne announced proposals for further cuts that would hurt working families with children most of all, pegging their tax credits and housing support behind rising prices and rents. Read More

Welfare reforms for newly unemployed will harm chances of a quick return to work, says TUC

New analysis published today (Thursday) by the TUC shows that the majority of claimants who will be hit by the government’s new five-week wait welfare reform are short-term claimants who only claim the benefit for a few weeks.

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The five-week wait: the heavy impact it will have on families with deaf children

Keith Venables , Welfare Reform and Benefits Appeal Adviser for The National Deaf Children’s Society writes about how the five-week wait could impact on families with deaf children. Read More

Why we need to save our safety net

Frances O'GradyFrances O’Grady writes that the Chancellor’s plan to get public spending down to 1948 levels means he is aiming to slash £12 billion from the budget that funds pensions and benefits. This will fundamentally damage the safety net that Britain can offer people who lose their jobs or find themselves in need of assistance.

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Say no to the five-week wait for help after losing your job

The TUC’s Senior Policy Officer, Richard Exell, writes about the serious worry of thousands of unemployed workers that could face hardship and debt and that many will turn in desperation to payday lenders.

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Newly unemployed and seriously ill will soon wait five-weeks for benefit cash, says TUC

Most people who lose their jobs will soon have to wait five weeks before they get any cash help, according to small print in the Universal Credit rules uncovered by the TUC as it launches a new campaign today (Wednesday), Saving Our Safety Net. A YouGov poll reports opposition of almost four to one to the five-week wait.

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Universal Credit: Solving the problem of delay in benefit payments

 Universal Credit: Solving the problem of delay in benefit paymentsThis report explains the delay that people who have lost their jobs will face before they receive Universal Credit and why the TUC is campaigning to stop the five-week wait

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Cancer Patient Waits 13 Months for Help

 A cancer sufferer who had paid her National Insurance and taxes for years was forced to endure unnecessary stress and hardship because of benefit delays.

Lyn-WardLyn Ward, a 56-year-old mother from Bolton, Lancs, has worked since she was 14. But last April, she found out she had breast cancer.

She applied for Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship new Personal Independence Payment so that she would be able to take time off work while she underwent treatment, and to help with some of the extra costs like getting to and from hospital.

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