Experts Warn The Elephant trap will be Sprung Once Holyrood Is Handed Some Welfare Powers

December 2014; Experts warn Scottish benefit claimants could end up worse off once Holyrood is handed welfare powers The Scottish Parliament is expected to gain control over carer’s allowance, industrial injuries benefit and severe disablement allowance under the powers negotiated in the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution. This will allow MSPs to raise or cutContinue reading “Experts Warn The Elephant trap will be Sprung Once Holyrood Is Handed Some Welfare Powers”

The New Flat Rate Pension Benefits Scheme Starts in April 2016. Are You a Winner or a Loser?

The New Flat Rate Pension Benefits Scheme Starts In April 2016 The new flat rate state pension is a marked reduction over that which has been in place for many years. It is arrived at by combining the existing basic state pension and the State earnings related pension, (SERPS). The new pension will be aContinue reading “The New Flat Rate Pension Benefits Scheme Starts in April 2016. Are You a Winner or a Loser?”

Austerity Measures-Child Benefit to be Frozen by a Labour Government

Austerity Measures-Child Benefit to be Frozen by a Labour Government Under austerity measures introduced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition Government, child benefit has been frozen from 2010 to this year. Tory Chancellor George Osborne has already said it should increase by 1 per cent in 2015-16. But Mr Balls said the restraint should continue forContinue reading “Austerity Measures-Child Benefit to be Frozen by a Labour Government”

Robbing the Blind – This is the Great New World of the Union Better Together Have Signed Scotland Up to?

Robbing the Blind – This is the Great New World of the Union Better Together Have Signed Scotland Up to? A woman blind since birth was asked by a benefits assessor, “how many fingers am I holding up?” It was just one of a series of humiliating questions fired at Natasha Pogson 28y to checkContinue reading “Robbing the Blind – This is the Great New World of the Union Better Together Have Signed Scotland Up to?”

Child Poverty & Early Death in Scotland

Child Poverty in the UK 1. The Government has a statutory requirement, enshrined in the Child Poverty Act 2010 , to end child poverty by 2020. However, it is predicted that by 2020/21 ANOTHER 1 MILLION CHILDREN will be pushed into poverty as a result of the Coalition Government’s policies’. (Barnardo’s ). 2. In theContinue reading “Child Poverty & Early Death in Scotland”

Work or Want – The Impact of Welfare Changes

Work or Want – The Impact of Welfare Changes A recent court case in Dundee highlighted the brutality of Ian Duncan Smith’s changes to Social Security systems, in place to protect those in need of assistance. A young mother fled her abusive husband. She asked for assistance at her local social services office only toContinue reading “Work or Want – The Impact of Welfare Changes”

Universal Credit Fiasco

The Universal Credit debacle- Robert Devereux- United Kingdom Permanent Secretary of the Department for Work and Pensions Robert Devereux is the Permanent Secretary of the Department for Work and Pensions. A government organisation with 100,000 staff, operating from nearly 1000 sites, with some 22 million customers, and an annual budget – in terms of moneyContinue reading “Universal Credit Fiasco”

The Impact Of Welfare Changes

Scottish Health & Welfare Staff in Lanarkshire to be Trained to Spot Health Impacts of Benefits Changes Both North and South Lanarkshire councils are taking the lead in dealing with the changes. Janice Scouller, health improvement lead for the North West Unit, who is overseeing the welfare reform work in NHS Lanarkshire, said: “The welfareContinue reading “The Impact Of Welfare Changes”

The Elderly & Benefits

Francis Maude-Cabinet Office Minister Tells Elderly to Go on-Line or Lose Your Benefits 1. The elderly will soon have to have to go on online or risk losing access to key government services. 2. Refuseniks, who do not want to use computers will be able to apply for a one-off lesson to help them getContinue reading “The Elderly & Benefits”