Archive for the ‘benefit cap’ Category

Sad news from DPAC

10 November 2016

It is with great sadness that we have to tell you one of our co-founders, Debbie Jolly has died following a short hospital stay. As disabled people everywhere we’ve lost a friend and advocate and a fighter for our movement.

Debbie has played a hugely influential part in the development of DPAC since 2010 and she and I have worked together virtually every day since dealing with the day-to-day things that needed to be done to make DPAC the successful campaign group we have become.

Read in full here

CarerWatch would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those that knew Debbie, both personally and through her campaigning work. RIP

 

Precedent-setting Benefit Cap legal challenge!

20 October 2015

copied with permission from Winvisible
Vigil 9.30am Wed 21 October

Royal Courts of Justice, Strand (off Kingsway) London WC2A 2LL (Temple tube)

10.30am

Go into court to hear the case and show support

 

This case against the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) focuses on the discriminatory impact of the Benefit Cap on disabled people and their carers, who lose Carers Allowance, punishing them & their loved ones.

Supported by Disabled People Against Cuts, Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, Global Women’s Strike, Taxpayers Against Poverty, WinVisible (women with disabilities), and many more.

 

Contact SMSD / WinVisible 020 7482 2496

 

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Daily Politics – Welfare Debate Tues 5th May

20 April 2015

welfare debate

 

Tuesday May 5th Daily Politics debate

BBC2    2pm

BBC News  8.30pm

Presenters  Andrew Neil and Alison Holt

Participants

Iain Duncan Smith  Conservative

Rachel Reeves            Labour

Steve Webb                  LibDems

Suzanne Evans           UKIP

Jonathan Bartley       Green Party

 

 

Carer issues judicial review proceedings against Iain Duncan Smith

14 June 2014

A disabled grandmother and her granddaughter who provides full time care for her have this week issued judicial review proceedings in the High Court against the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, challenging the inclusion of Carer’s Allowance in the ‘benefit cap.’  The benefit cap policy has been in force across the country since September 2013.

The government has already conceded that the cap had unintended consequences for victims of domestic violence living in women’s refuges, and after the families case was heard in the Court of Appeal, Ian Duncan Smith with no fanfare amended the regulations to remove women’s refuges from the cap.

The proceedings issued this week highlight another consequence of the cap, which may surprise those who consider that the cap achieves fairness. Included in the group of families who are capped are those who receive Carer’s Allowance. To qualify for Carer’s Allowance the benefit claimant has to be providing upwards of 35 hours a week care to a severely disabled person. This means that anyone receiving Carer’s Allowance is by definition not available to work, because they must be providing care.

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3.      The judicial review challenges Part 8A of the Housing Benefit Regulations 2006, which was inserted by the Benefit Cap (Housing Benefit) Regulations 2012, SI 2012/2994, pursuant to section 96 of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.  The claimants argue that the Regulations are discriminatory and unreasonable.  They also argue that the Secretary of State did not take proper account of the impact of the policy on carers and those they care for, and is irrational.

 

 

Come and support legal challenge Versus The total Benefit Cap

27 September 2013

Received from Winvisible

Wed 2 Oct 2013 –

Come & support legal challenge

vs the total benefit cap

 

9.30 Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL

Holborn tube

 

Four vulnerable families, including mothers & children fleeing domestic violence, are challenging this discriminatory benefit cut.

 

9.30 Protest outside court — with Taxpayers Against Poverty, Single Mothers’ Self-Defence, WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities), Global Women’s Strike, others … ALL WELCOME

 

10.30 onwards — go into court to hear the case.  Case continues Thursday and Friday.

 

 

 


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