Welfare

Charity calls for suspension of UC deductions

30/06/2022

Suspending deductions from UC for Government debt would help over a million low income households struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, researchers say.

Council chiefs urge pensioners to apply for cost-of-living benefits

15/06/2022

Local authority leaders today called on pensioners who are eligible for Pension Credit to apply for the top-up welfare payment to help with the cost of living.

Value of benefit payments at 50-year low

11/04/2022

Today’s increase in benefit payments marks the greatest fall in the value of the basic rate of unemployment benefit since 1972, think tank says.

Landlords call for ‘absurd’ housing benefit freeze to be lifted

01/04/2022

Landlords have called on the Government to unfreeze the Local Housing Allowance to cover the average rent.

Nine million families will be £500 worse off from April, analysis reveals

25/02/2022

A real-terms cut to benefits could push 400,000 people into poverty by April, new analysis has warned today.

Personal Independence Payment for people with mental health problems: Implications for local government

18/10/2021

Richard Machin outlines the findings of a new paper exploring the impact of welfare reform on local government services.

Schools ‘propping up a failing welfare state’

15/10/2021

A 'failing' welfare system is forcing families to rely on schools for basic needs such as access to food, academics have said in a new report.

Devolved governments express ‘grave concerns’ over welfare cuts

31/08/2021

The devolved governments have written to the UK Government expressing ‘grave concerns’ regarding plans to withdraw a £20-per-week increase to UC.

Charities call for impact assessment of welfare cuts

17/08/2021

Charities have called on Government to publish an assessment of the impact on renters of decisions to freeze Local Housing Allowance and cut Universal Credit.

Keep up COVID funding to end homelessness, says Kerslake

27/07/2021

Ending homelessness is possible, but the Government needs to keep up funding or face a post-pandemic surge, an independent commission concluded.

London's 'triple whammy' risks homelessness crisis

20/05/2021

London Councils has warned there is a ‘triple whammy’ of impending risks that threaten to push homelessness to record levels this summer.  

Pre-paid card firms supplying councils acted ‘as a cartel’, regulator says

01/04/2021

Three out of five firms that issue councils with pre-paid cards have admitted to breaching competition rules and agreed to pay penalties totalling over £32m.

Welfare state and social services had ‘serious weaknesses’ before COVID, study says

22/02/2021

A new study has revealed the extent to which the impact of COVID-19 has been exacerbated by pre-existing fault-lines in the welfare state and social services.

Council chiefs call for restoration of local welfare funding

13/01/2021

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to restore local welfare funding as a study warns of the impact the pandemic is having on people who were already struggling with poverty.

One million households face UC debt deductions

07/01/2021

More than one million households who were forced to claim universal credit (UC) when coronavirus struck are having debt deductions taken from their benefit payments, according to a child poverty charity.

Think tank calls for a 'family stimulus' boost

28/10/2020

A 'family stimulus' would help support hard-hit families through the pandemic, a new report has said.

MPs call for ‘starter payment’ to support new UC claimants

19/10/2020

A starter payment should be made to people claiming Universal Credit (UC) for the first time to ensure that they have enough money for the basics, MPs say.

Failure to deliver pension credit costing care system £4bn a year

14/09/2020

Failure to deliver pension credit to a million older people who are entitled to it is costing the health and social care system £4bn a year, report reveals.

A third more families with children now claiming universal credit

12/08/2020

Over 400,000 more families with children started claiming universal credit since the start of the pandemic, a charity has said.

ADCS president calls for welfare overhaul

08/07/2020

The impact of the pandemic on children’s futures must not be underestimated, the president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has said.

Nearly two thirds of families on Universal Credit stuck in debt ‘nightmare’

18/06/2020

Two charities have called on the Government to increase the child element of UC by £20 to help struggling families ‘stay afloat’ during the Covid lockdown.

Councils call for suspension of No Recourse to Public Funds

12/06/2020

Council leaders have called on the Government to ensure vulnerable people can access support regardless of their immigration status during the pandemic.

Universal credit 'is key to hardship', says think tank

02/04/2020

Universal credit is the ‘key to many families avoiding real hardship’, the Resolution Foundation think tank has claimed.

Nearly 500,000 new Universal Credit claims made in nine days

26/03/2020

A think tank has warned that the UK is in the midst of an unemployment crisis as 477,000 new Universal Credit (UC) claims are made in nine days.

Over 20 charities call for inquiry into ‘welfare-related deaths’

12/03/2020

Twenty-one charities and mental health organisations have thrown their weight behind a campaign calling for an independent inquiry into the deaths of people relying on the welfare system.

Housing benefit reform a ‘false economy’

27/02/2020

Councils have been left carrying the financial burden of reforms to housing benefit, new research has revealed today.

Welfare overhaul driven ‘at least’ 69 people to suicide, auditors say

10/02/2020

Auditors have warned that the number of suicides relating to welfare reforms may exceed the 69 that the Government has investigated to date.

End housing allowance freeze to help 100,000 people, council chiefs say

05/02/2020

More than 100,000 people would be protected from financial hardship if Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates were lifted to cover the cost of renting, local authority leaders say.

Calls for urgent reform of Local Housing Allowance rates

03/02/2020

Changes to Local Housing Allowance rates will fail to protect people from homelessness, the Scottish housing minister has warned.

Universal Credit creating ‘a complex mix of winners and losers’

21/01/2020

The impact Universal Credit is having on different parts of the country is being ‘ignored’ a think tank has warned today.

Local housing allowance ‘freeze’ ended

14/01/2020

The Government has announced that it will end the four-year freeze on the local housing allowance (LHA) which charities blame for a rise in homelessness.

DWP ‘condemns’ 2,000 terminally ill people to die without benefits, charity says

13/01/2020

A charity has accused the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) of condemning 2,000 people in six months to die without benefits.

Lack of housing benefit forcing families to give up food to pay rent, charity warns

07/01/2020

Families are being forced to give up food shopping in order to pay their rent, a charity has warned today.

Benefits payments at lowest level since 1948, says think tank

19/11/2019

Social security payments are at their lowest level since the 1948, a new report from a think tank has found.

Welfare provision ‘overly centralised’, London council chiefs say

17/10/2019

Council leaders in London have called on Whitehall to give them the powers to deliver local welfare support to residents.

Local Housing Allowance 'inadequate' for family homes, research warns

07/10/2019

More than nine out of ten family homes for private rent are too expensive for people on housing benefit, new analysis has revealed.

Poverty result of ‘political decisions’, MPs say

31/07/2019

The poverty and destitution levels in the UK are the result of political decisions made since 2010, MPs have said.

Universal Credit appeals blocked by ‘error and failures’, charity finds

19/07/2019

Universal Credit claimants who suspect the Department for Work and Pensions has made a mistake in their award are too often blocked by ‘error and failures’ in the system, a new study finds.

Healing the divisions through local economic power

16/05/2019

The nation is becoming increasingly divided, but a think tank report on Britain post-Brexit provides a positive vision for the future, says Mark Whitehead.

Most councils warn benefit freeze will make more people homeless

15/05/2019

Nine out of 10 councils believe the housing benefit freeze will push more people into homelessness, a new survey has revealed.

Housing policy putting young women at risk, study warns

14/05/2019

Young women are being forced into unsafe housing due to the government’s housing benefit policy, a new study has concluded.

DWP pursues 80,000 carers for overpaid allowances

26/04/2019

The Government is pursuing thousands of carers for repayment of overpaid care allowances despite not knowing the impact this will have, auditors say.

Benefits system causing ‘serious psychological distress’

04/03/2019

The benefits system is causing people with mental health problems ‘serious psychological distress’, a charity has revealed.

Poor, urban areas see majority of homeless deaths

26/02/2019

Welfare cuts and a lack of social housing are driving the homelessness crisis which has resulted in hundreds of deaths, particularly in poor, urban areas.

Childhood poverty set to hit ‘record highs’

20/02/2019

The proportion of children living in poverty risks hitting a record high by the end of the parliament, a shocking new report has revealed.

Disabled Universal Credit claimants take DWP to court for ‘irrational’ decision

23/01/2019

Two households are challenging the Department for Work and Pensions in court after being forced to move to UC and losing hundreds of pounds as a result.

Greater Manchester’s reforms ‘as radical as the creation of the welfare state’

29/11/2018

Greater Manchester is radically overhauling the way it delivers public services in what is being billed as a ‘big test for devolution’.

Universal Credit claimants given more time to switch over

06/11/2018

Universal Credit claimants are to be given more time to switch to the new benefit after warnings from campaigners and MPs that payment delays were causing hardship for vulnerable people.

Budget 2018: Billion-pound Universal Credit pledge

29/10/2018

A billion pounds has been promised in an attempt to ease benefits claimants’ transition to Universal Credit.

Councils could generate £320bn with new housing powers

29/10/2018

Local authorities would be able to generate £320bn for the wider economy if they had the powers to build a ‘new generation’ of high-quality council housing.

Universal Credit driving welfare claimants to foodbanks, charity says

05/10/2018

The next stage in the change to Universal Credit could lead to a big increase in the use of foodbanks, anti-poverty campaigners have warned.

Universal Credit chief admits support is not working

01/10/2018

The civil servant in charge of the Universal Credit rollout has admitted support for claimants has not been effective, as responsibility was handed to the charity sector.

Welfare support has 'collapsed' for many in England

19/09/2018

One in six top-tier councils are not providing vital welfare services devolved to them just as the sector’s budget cuts hit hard.

Supported housing to be funded by welfare system

09/08/2018

Council leaders have welcomed the announcement that supported housing will be funded through housing benefit.

70% of councils struggle to house the homeless, figures reveal

12/04/2018

Over two thirds of local authorities surveyed said they had difficulties finding social housing for homeless people last year, new report reveals.

Research warns of 'design flaw' in Universal Credit

12/04/2018

A ‘design flaw’ in Universal Credit is leaving self-employed workers at a financial disadvantage, new research has warned today.

Homelessness statistics ‘national disgrace’, pressure group says

22/03/2018

The latest homelessness figures reveal the number of households in temporary accommodation is just under 79,000.

Million children to lose free school meals under Universal Credit

19/12/2017

One million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under Universal Credit (UC) proposals, a children’s charity has warned.

Pause the rollout of Universal Credit argues Welsh councils

26/10/2017

The rollout of Universal Credit (UC) must be paused, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has urged.

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