Universal Credit Support Pack for Social Landlords

Universal Credit Support Pack for Social Landlords A package of guidance for social landlords to help them prepare themselves and their tenants for Universal Credit has gone live today (13 November 2014).
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Minister Claims Some Disabled People ‘Not Worth’ the Minimum Wage

Minister Claims Some Disabled People ‘Not Worth’ the Minimum Wage It was revealed yesterday by the Labour Party that the Welfare Reform Minister, Lord Freud, had said during a fringe meeting at the Conservative Party Conference two weeks ago, that some disabled people weren’t ‘worth the full wage’.
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Real time information and universal credit on track, say ministers

Government ministers say projects at HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions are on time and on budgetHMRC’s real time information (RTI) project is “very much on track” to being a “successful government IT project”, and universal credit is on time and on budget, David Gauke, exchequer secretary to the treasury, and welfare reform […]
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Credit unions ‘must raise interest rates’

The sector, which offers an important alternative for lower-income borrowers, is struggling to achieve viability because of a statutory cap on interest rates, says a DWP studyThe low-income customers of Britain’s credit unions could face paying more for their loans after a government-commissioned report concluded the sector is “not financially sustainable”.A rise in the maximum […]
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Government defeated in welfare vote

The government is under pressure over proposals critics say will plunge tens of thousands of children into poverty9.03pm: The 5,000 carers expected by the impact assessments to be hit by the cap might seem to be a small number, but it is 5,000 too many, says Baroness Lister, a Labour life peer.8.56pm: Lord Stoneham (LibDem) […]
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Government wins first welfare vote

The government is under pressure over proposals critics say will plunge tens of thousands of children into poverty6.01pm: Liberal Democrat peer Lord Kirkwood says he is “implacably opposed to a benefit cap”. He adds he is opposed in principle to any attempt to undermine the universality of child benefitClause 94 is a “ministerial override,” he […]
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Welfare reform bill delay blocked as coalition wins vote against amendment

House of Lords rejects Lady Grey-Thompson’s proposal for pilot scheme before disability allowance cuts are introducedThe government fought off a fresh challenge to its controversial welfare reform bill on Tuesday night, when peers rejected a proposal to delay the full introduction of slashed new disability payments after ministers offered concessions.As the cabinet hardened its tactics […]
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Welfare reform bill – cuts to disability benefits

The House of Lords prepares to debate controversial reforms to disability living allowance10.55am: Welcome to day four of the Guardian’s welfare reform bill live blog. We are looking forward to more controversy and excitement over the next few days, as the House of Lords considers two contentious issues:• The replacement of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) […]
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