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Tories In £1.5 Billion NHS Sell-Off Scandal

Tories In £1.5 Billion NHS Sell-Off Scandal | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Since 2012 a scandalous £1.5 billion has left the NHS and gone into the pockets of just 15 private companies linked to 24 Tory MPs
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New Minimum Wage Is ‘A Disgrace’, Says Unite

New Minimum Wage Is ‘A Disgrace’, Says Unite | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Unite said that it was disgraceful that the coalition had allowed wage rates for council workers to drop to the NMW level.
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We'll 'Rip Them To Bits': Fury As Brain Damaged Man Is Deemed 'Fit For Work'

We'll 'Rip Them To Bits': Fury As Brain Damaged Man Is Deemed 'Fit For Work' | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
An epileptic man with brain damage, his carer and neighbour have reacted with fury after the disabled man was deemed 'fit for work' by an “overzealous government”.
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Tories 'Ruthlessly Targeting The Poor And Vulnerable', Say Greens

Tories 'Ruthlessly Targeting The Poor And Vulnerable', Say Greens | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne’s plans for a two year benefits freeze will once again penalise the most vulnerable in our society, says the Green Party
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Letters: 'Vilification' Of The Poor Is Worldwide - Not Just The UK

Letters: 'Vilification' Of The Poor Is Worldwide - Not Just The UK | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
"The working class and poor are once again being forced to shoulder the burden of a class that produces nothing and will take everything they can get", says Christine Schofelt.
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Epileptic Man Hanged Himself After His Sickness Benefits Were Stopped

Epileptic Man Hanged Himself After His Sickness Benefits Were Stopped | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Trevor Drakard, 50, was found hanged in his Sunderland home just months after being assessed as 'fit for work' and ordered to find a job.
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New Benefit Rules Will Push Thousands 'Into A Financial Black-Hole'

New Benefit Rules Will Push Thousands 'Into A Financial Black-Hole' | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
New rules which force unemployed people to wait seven days to claim benefits will push thousands into the arms of payday lenders, warn SNP.
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We Need An £8 Minimum Wage NOW - Not Later, Say Unite

We Need An £8 Minimum Wage NOW - Not Later, Say Unite | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Independent report says £1.50 increase in minimum wage in 2015 is affordable
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Tony Blair Destroyed Britain's Faith In The Benefits System, Claim Researchers

Tony Blair Destroyed Britain's Faith In The Benefits System, Claim Researchers | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Researchers have managed to pinpoint the exact moment in history when public support for Britain's benefits system began to wane.
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Disability Hate Crime 'Overlooked' And 'Under-Reported'

Disability Hate Crime 'Overlooked' And 'Under-Reported' | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Police and the CPS are failing to recognise that abuse against people with disabilities is often “simply because they're disabled”.
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Reeves: We'll Uphold The 'Principles Of Our Welfare State'

Reeves: We'll Uphold The 'Principles Of Our Welfare State' | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Rachel Reeves MP outlines the future of the welfare state under a Labour government, including scrapping the 'bedroom tax' and reforming 'fit for work' tests.
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126 Brits die at Swiss ‘suicide clinics’

126 Brits die at Swiss ‘suicide clinics’ | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
DOZENS of British “suicide tourists” have travelled to Switzerland for assisted deaths in the past four years.
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Self-Employment 'Is A Ticking Time Bomb'

Self-Employment 'Is A Ticking Time Bomb' | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Amid new data on the rise of the self-employed, a workers' union says poor pension provision is a disaster waiting to happen.
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Time Has Come To Dispel The Myth Of 'Feckless' Young People, UKCES Claims

Time Has Come To Dispel The Myth Of 'Feckless' Young People, UKCES Claims | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is calling for more to be done to dispel the myth of 'feckless' young people.
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Benefit Cut Could Force Social Landlords To Turn Tenants Away

Benefit Cut Could Force Social Landlords To Turn Tenants Away | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Housing associations warn Conservative policy would also prevent them from building new homes as funding dries up
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Opinion: Tories 'Race To The Bottom' Shows Growing Contempt For The Poor

Opinion: Tories 'Race To The Bottom' Shows Growing Contempt For The Poor | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
The Tories relentless attack against the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society shows their growing contempt for anyone who isn't a millionaire or a Tory party donor.
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Osborne's Benefits Plan 'Fails To Reflect The Reality' Faced By Millions Of Families

Osborne's Benefits Plan 'Fails To Reflect The Reality' Faced By Millions Of Families | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
George Osborne's plan “fails to reflect the reality” that “millions rely on housing benefit to secure a roof over their head”, including working families, says CIH chief executive.
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We Would 'End Unfair ATOS-Style Disability Benefit Assessments', Say UKIP

We Would 'End Unfair ATOS-Style Disability Benefit Assessments', Say UKIP | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
The UK Independence Party (UKIP) in government would end “unfair Atos-style disability benefit assessments”, deputy chairman Suzanne Evans has said.
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Tories Plan Fresh Attack Against Benefit Claimants

Tories Plan Fresh Attack Against Benefit Claimants | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
A future Conservative government would reduce the benefit cap from £26,000 to £23,000 and force young unemployed people to work for their benefits.
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Breaking: NHS Staff Vote To Strike Against 'Destructive' 1% Pay Offer - Unite

Breaking: NHS Staff Vote To Strike Against 'Destructive' 1% Pay Offer - Unite | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Besides the four-hour strike between 07.00 and 11.00 on 13 October, Unite members in England will be working to rule and adhering to the 37.5 hour week
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Universal Credit 'Undeliverable' Says Former Head Of The Civil Service

Universal Credit 'Undeliverable' Says Former Head Of The Civil Service | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Sir Bob Kerslake bows out with a dig at the culture of deference that failed to recognise flaws in benefit reform.
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Homeless Families Forced To Live In 'Unsafe' Temporary Accommodation Soars To Five Year High

Homeless Families Forced To Live In 'Unsafe' Temporary Accommodation Soars To Five Year High | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Latest figures show that 59,710 homeless households were living in temporary accommodation across England at the end of June 2014 – the highest level for five years.
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Labour Would Freeze Child Benefit Until 2017, Says Ed Balls

Labour Would Freeze Child Benefit Until 2017, Says Ed Balls | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Ed Balls will announce Labour's pledge to extend the coalition's 1% cap on child benefit rises up until 2017, in a speech at the party's conference in Manchester on Monday.
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Labour 'Locked Into The Tory Austerity Agenda', Say SNP

Labour 'Locked Into The Tory Austerity Agenda', Say SNP | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
Labour's plan to cut child benefit is a clear indication that they are "locked into the Tory austerity agenda", say the SNP.
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SNP ‘hypocrites’ try to woo NHS staff after complaining about DWP memo

SNP ‘hypocrites’ try to woo NHS staff after complaining about DWP memo | Welfare News Service (UK) - Newswire | Scoop.it
THE SNP were branded hypocrites yesterday after it emerged Health Secretary Alex Neil has written to all 170,000 NHS staff in Scotland extolling independence.
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