Posts Tagged ‘universal credit’

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…)

Will you be hit by welfare cuts? Want to tell your story?

1 April 2013

My name’s Frances Ryan and I’m journalist covering cuts to disability support. I’ve recently worked with DPAC for stories/interviews about DLA and ESA, and the bedroom tax.




To fit in with new research on the cumulative impact of April’s cuts, I’m currently looking for disabled people who are set to lose multiple benefits – and would be happy to share their story (anonymously if needed) for a possible article.


Will you be hit by the six major cuts?


They could be:


Contributory Employment Support Allowance


If you’re currently on low rate Disability Living Allowance – or perhaps are on a higher rate but have reason to believe you will not be elibible under PIP


Bedroom tax


Council tax benefit reduction/loss


Any other benefit cut/loss coming in this April.


If you are going to be affected by simultaneous cuts and are happy to speak to me please email (rather than leaving a message here as I wouldn’t want to miss your message).


Thank you very much.

Scottish Welfare Reform Committee meeting Tues 5th Feb 2013

4 February 2013



AGENDA can be found here, along with names of witnesses

3rd Meeting, 2013 (Session 4)

Tuesday 5 February 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3.

More about the committee here

Clerk: Simon Watkins


You can watch live here from 10 am






Problems with Implementation of Universal Credit – evidence to Works and Pensions committee

6 September 2012

UPDATE – IDS and Lord freud to give evidence re Universal credit Monday 17th 2012


At 9.30am, Wednesday 5 September 2012, Grimond Room, Portcullis House

  • Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman and Cllr Catherine West, (Islington Council), Local Government Association
  • Gavin Smart, Director of Policy and Practice, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Pete Challis, National Officer (Local Government and Housing), Unison

At 10.30am

  • Professor Mike Brewer, Research Fellow and James Browne, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
  • Fran Bennett, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Social Policy, Women’s Budget Group

Grimond Room
Meeting started at 9.29am. Ended at 11.32am

watch video here 

Next session Monday 10th Sept 2012  4.30pm

Witnesses: Citizens Advice, Child Poverty Action Group  and Children’s Society


We have not had time to watch the full video but enough to know there are serious problems regarding the implementation of the Universal credit.

Comments made by witnesses in the video above were –

troubles with no of claimants with internet access

enormous challenge to have it ready on time

concerns about skills and ability of many benefit claimants in completing forms online correctly. Many people still need face to face support

it is a Big bang approach with a high risk

more and more caework of people needing support but few contact places remaining

grave concerns about frequency of payments. DWP wants UC paid monthly but this would cause serious problems for many families

targets for JSA claimants to do so online have not been met, so extremely doubtful future targets for UC would be met.


The Coalition government MUST start to take heed of the warnings it is receiving from many individuals, grassroot group, charities, Unions, etc. Universal Credit is only one of many changes but link them all together and many families will be hit several times over.

There has been no real thought as to how welfare reform will also impact on Social Care.

These changes may not affect you personally now, but may do so in the future. Add your voice to almost 46,000 people in saying – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Iain Duncan Smith battles to save his universal credit scheme – Mirror


There is no need for anyone to fight alone. Voices are being raised louder and increasing in number. Below are links to various campaigns that would welcome you.


Pats Petition  sign but also share widely and ask others to do the same

DPAC   lists of many direct actions

Black Triangle   defender of Disability Rights

We are Spartacus Disabled peoples views on welfare reform

Hardest Hit  alliance of charities and others

A Future that Works  a march in London 20th october 2012

Emergency meeting – Organising Against the Welfare Reform Bill

18 February 2012


Received from Winvisible


Emergency Meeting:

Organising Against

the Welfare Reform Bill


Monday 20 Feb  5pm-6.30pm

Tent City University,

Occupy London,

St Paul’s

London EC4M 8AD 

All welcome


Buses 4, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26, 100, 242

Tube: St Paul’s, Central Line

Overground: City Thameslink


This is outdoors, so dress warm. 

Hot drinks available and accessible loos nearby.


For more info: Global Women’s Strike

020 7482 2496, 07904 255 145


Also please sign Pats Petition here, then become an organiser. Share the link to gather as many more names as you can and in turn ask them to do the same.

Do you send out/receive e newsletters? If so please ensure the petition details are included.



DWP – structural reform plan

7 February 2012

Monthly Implementation Update jan 2012

DWP srp-update-jan12



Universal Credit: 5 Oct 2011: Hansard Written

6 October 2011


Lord Freud (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Welfare Reform), Work and Pensions; Conservative)

In May 2011, the Department for Work and Pensions commissioned the Social Security Advisory Committee to undertake an independent review of passported benefits and their interaction with universal credit.

The committee has now updated the department on the progress of this review.

To inform its review, the committee undertook a period of consultation and information gathering from May to July 2011. This included: a public consultation exercise that received over 60 responses from individuals and organisations representing disabled people, housing, offenders, schools and children, medical bodies, CAB, local councils, debt advice, fuel poverty, carers, and the devolved Administrations;a consultation exercise targeted specifically at academics aimed at identifying relevant research evidence in this area; and a small piece of qualitative research including focus groups with welfare rights advisers and a small number of in-depth interviews and focus groups with individuals who are claiming or who have claimed passported benefits.

Universal Credit: 5 Oct 2011: Hansard Written Answers and Statements – TheyWorkForYou

Carers Uk – response to White Paper on Universal Credit

31 December 2010

Carers UK represents the views and interests of the six million people in the UK who care for their frail, disabled or ill family member, friend or partner. Carers give so much to society yet as a consequence of caring; they experience ill health, poverty and discrimination.

Carers UK seeks to end this injustice and will continue to campaign until the true value of carers’ contribution to society is recognised and carers receive the practical, financial and emotional support they need.

Carers UK welcomed the principles of the Government’s reform proposals outlined in the paper 21st Century Welfare, particularly benefit simplification, making work pay and reducing worklessness which have long been key campaign issues for the carers movement.However we expressed deep reservations around what the Government’s consideration of

means-testing, conditionality and cuts elsewhere within the welfare system would mean for carers.

We are opposed to any moves to introduce a means-test for carers’ benefits – a change which would set carers’ rights back to the 1970s.

see in full here :   Carers UK – Universal Credit policy response

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