Archive for the ‘benefits’ 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


Iain Duncan Smith resigns

18 March 2016


Iain Duncan Smith quits over planned disability benefit changes

Resignation letter in full

Reactions to IDS resignation

Reverse the Employment Support Allowance disability benefit cut

13 March 2016


The House of Lords has been unable to stop a planned £30-a-week cut to disability benefits forced through by Government MPs. This will cripple those in receipt of these benefits, leaving many in literal poverty.

The government must reverse this decision. Lives are at risk.

Sign this petition HERE



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


Iain Duncan Smith  Conservative

Rachel Reeves            Labour

Steve Webb                  LibDems

Suzanne Evans           UKIP

Jonathan Bartley       Green Party



Carers deserve a livable income

1 April 2015

With many thanks to those that added their name in support of this letter to the Guardian.

If you wish to add your support please add your name in the comments section

What does Carers Allowance mean to you ?  again leave a comment.


Family carers are among the most responsible members of society. CarerWatch, along with others, believes suggestions made in recent leaked documents of moving carers to universal credit would result in an unfair system that gives no recognition whatsoever of the contribution carers make to society.

DWPCarerWatch believes that governments should accept their responsibility to carers. Carers deserve a livable income, a separate benefit which recognises that they are not unemployed or “passive” recipients of benefit but are making an important contribution to society.

Those in receipt of carer’s allowance cannot be classed as being inactive. Carers are unique within the benefit system in that they have to (more…)

Carers Rights Day – November 28th 2014

27 November 2014


When undertaking a new task it is vital you read the manuals first. The more information you take on board at the beginning, can hopefully be of benefit to you as you go along.

Caring can be like that. For many people they can become carers in the blink of an eye, for others it is a slow progress of offering assistance, that in time takes over your life and becomes a full time job. We always think it happens to someone else so no, or very little, preparation is taken.

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Yet the impact of being an unpaid carer can be felt on every aspect of your life. From finances, employment, social time, education, family life etc.

With the current welfare reforms, cuts to social care – there has never been a greater need than now for carers to be informed of their rights, to be signposted to support.

Check with your local council if your town has a local support group, or input your area here

There are national organisations online that have free phone numbers if needing advice, online forums where you can meet other carers.



If you have any questions/ need more information please email or leave a comment below







Monday 21 October 2013 House of Lords – Short debate on benefits

14 October 2013

Time not known as yet but towards end of the days proceedings.

Short Debate

Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Claims and Payments) Regulations 2013 – Lord McKenzie of Luton/Lord Freud

Lords second reading of Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill

10 February 2013


Members of the Lords will discuss the key principles and purpose of the Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill during second reading, on Monday 11 February 2013.

The bill implements an announcement by the chancellor in the 2012 Autumn Statement that increases in certain working-age welfare benefits and tax credits would be limited to one per cent, rather than increasing them in line with inflation.

read more here

watch live here on Monday 11th feb from 2.30pm



Camden United for Benefit Justice

4 February 2013

Camden United for Benefit Justice

Invites you to a Community Speak-out


Welfare Reforms –

what they mean for us

and how we can oppose them


Come and have your say

7pm   Thursday 14th February 2013

at Camden Town Hall, Council Chamber
Judd St, WC1H 9JE

Introduced by

Rev Paul Nicolson from Taxpayers Against Poverty
 who are backing legal actions against the cuts in Camden, Islington and Haringey


If you need translation, please let us know

Are you a council or private tenant, a two-parent or single parent family, on a low income, disabled, unemployed, a pensioner, a carer, receiving working tax credit or other benefits, cut off benefits, in debt, struggling to heat your home, dependent on food banks, an asylum seeker, trying to escape domestic violence with nowhere to go . . . or a resident concerned with the welfare cuts?


Speak out against the cuts and how they are affecting you …
Join the borough-wide campaign to stop them …
Stop evictions … Cut rents not benefits …


Is it immoral to cut welfare – The Big Question BBC 2 Jan 27th

26 January 2013

Due to tennis this programme will be on BBC2 tomorrow ( 27th Jan) at 10 am.

Duration: 1 hour

Hosting live from from the Oasis Academy MediaCityUK in Salford, Nicky Campbell asks.. Is torture ever justified? And, is it immoral to cut help to the poor?

In the studio to discuss welfare are Dr Simon Duffy, the director of the Centre for Welfare Reform; Cllr Paul Murphy, from Greater Manchester Poverty Commission; Adrian Nottingham, from the foodbank Mustard Tree; Sarah Whitehead from Church Action on Poverty; Alec Shelbrooke, Tory MP for Elmet and Rothwell; Dr Stephen Davies from the IEA; and the entrepreneur, Deirdre Bounds



Dr Simon Duffy, from the Centre for Welfare Reform. along with the Campaign for a Fair Society recently released a report –


Full details, including a video available here


For those watching that participate on Twitter, the hashtag is #WRA ( Welfare reform Act) and  #bbctbq



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