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
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
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.
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
Frances 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.
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.
This 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
| 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 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.