Six months wait: SNP MP demands promised disability back-payments are made following Universal Credit move
The Severe Disability Premium thousands of disabled claimants have been missing out on for six months is worth £64.30 per week
SNP MP Carol Monaghan has written to DWP Secretary Amber Rudd for a second time calling on her to immediately initiate disability back-payments which had been promised by the previous DWP head, but six months later have not been delivered.
‘We want to see a fightback’: Protests greet Edinburgh Universal Credit roll-out
Universal Credit claimants in the capital won’t receive their first payment until the New Year, while the City of Edinburgh Council has already set aside £3m to mitigate the effects of the new system
UNIVERSAL CREDIT (UC), the widely criticised new system at the heart of Tory welfare reforms, began its roll-out in Edinburgh today [28 November], eliciting a storm of protest from opposition politicians and local activists.
Rudd says she’s willing to listen on Universal Credit, but lashes out at UN poverty expert
The UN Special Rapporteur said that child poverty was “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”
AMBER RUDD MP has spoken in the House of Commons for the first time in her new role as DWP Secretary, signalling a shift in tone on Universal Credit while denouncing the UN Special Rapporteur’s analysis that poverty is a political choice in the UK.
Hilary Long: The UN's findings on poverty in the UK reveal the rotten heart of Tory Britain
CommonSpace columnist Hilary Long looks at the findings of the UN Special Rapporteur on poverty Philip Alston’s visit to the UK. Alston has revealed the reality of a country defined by incredible levels of poverty and inequality.
PHILIP ALSTON from the United Nations has recently been investigating the poverty of a nation in 2018.
The nation he has been visiting is the fifth largest economy in the world – the UK. In spite of the Tories boast of rising employment, economic wealth and pockets of enormous wealth, a fifth of British citizens live in poverty.
Scottish Parliament slams Universal Credit ahead of UN inquiry into Tory austerity
Tory welfare cuts will result in £3.7b reduction of social security spending in Scotland
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT united against both the Scottish Conservatives and the UK Government during a debate on the impact of Universal Credit and Tory welfare cuts on those in poverty in Holyrood today [6 November].
The debate comes as the United Nations special investigator on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, begins a two-week inquiry into the impact of austerity in the UK and its effect on human rights.
Rising financial emergency in Scottish households as Universal Credit continues roll-out
Emergency appeals for financial aid spike by 69 per cent
HOUSING campaigners have warned of a sharp spike in the number of applications for emergency aid to avert homelessness, as the UK Government's Universal Credit scheme continues its roll-out in Glasgow.
According to Scottish Government figures published today, between April and June 2018 45,290 applications for crisis grants were made to local councils, 7 per cent more than in the same period in 2017.
Disabled Scots rage against Universal Credit and austerity as flagship Tory policy crashes
Scottish Government call for "dramatic change" to faltering benefit policy
DISABLED SCOTS have riled against Universal Credit and the wider impact of austerity measures, as the planned roll-out of the flagship policy was halted by the UK Government on Tuesday (16 October) amid a storm of criticism.
There were angry scenes as over 500 members of the Glasgow Disability Alliance were addressed by Scottish social security secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville, who attacked the UK Government UC policy.