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How 85% of tax and benefit ‘savings’ have been at the expense of women

8 Feb 2015: How JSA demands and benefit cuts indirectly discriminate against women.
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Join the day of action against Maximus

15 Jan 2015: A national day of action has been called on March 2 against Maximus, the company which will take over the despised Work Capability Assessments.
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£1.5 billion of cuts to benefits for pregnant women and babies

23 Nov 2014: The benefit cuts have hit families when they need support most and when poverty can do permanent damage to children.
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Day of protest this week: End Bedroom Tax! No Sanctions for Claimants!

9 Sep 2014: This Thursday, the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign is holding a day of protest: Say no to claimant sanctions, bedroom tax and benefit cuts.
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FE exclusive in the Independent: tax credits money clawed back from Britain’s poor under new powers

1 Sep 2014: Since tax credits go to those on lower incomes, it can often be impossible for people to find the money to repay.
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False Economy exclusive: Campaigners say low income households cannot afford council tax charges

27 Aug 2014: Local authorities were unable to collect up to 40% of council tax due from low-income households that had the charge imposed on them for the first time last year.
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The unreported national scandal of benefit cuts and delays

12 Aug 2014: An extract from a very good piece on the ilegal.co.uk and Disabled People Against Cuts sites about the real impact of benefit cuts.
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Universal credit: 300,000 people a month will be affected by the five-week wait

10 Aug 2014: How long could you go without any income? Under Universal Credit rules, most people will face a wait of more than five weeks before they get any money.
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Second court case to save the Independent Living Fund will go ahead

7 Aug 2014: The Independent Living Fund is the fund used by severely disabled people to pay for the extra personal assistants they need to live independent lives.
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The full impact of cuts disabled people face

3 Aug 2014: Disability: we now know that this government have harmed the very people they promised us they would protect.
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Part of an organisation? Pledge to Boycott Workfare now!

22 Jul 2014: Already nearly 400 voluntary sector organisations have pledged to Keep Volunteering Voluntary and over 20 councils have pledged to avoid workfare too.
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The Saving Our Safety Net campaign - and the DWP’s response….

17 Jul 2014: The Saving Our Safety Net campaign is up and running - and the DWP's response is already inadequate...
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DWP Unspun - a new website from False Economy

14 Jul 2014: Everything the government doesn't want you to know about work and benefits.
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UK Government breaches international human rights law in treatment of disabled people

8 Jul 2014: A report published this week finds the UK government in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people.
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Time the DWP explained how it will now adjust Atos WCAs for mental health claimants

21 May 2014: Join the vigil to highlight the DWP's responsibilities to mental health claimants going through the work capability assessment
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Save the Independent Living Fund: join the protest at the DWP!

4 May 2014: "We’d Rather Go to Jail Than Die in a Nursing Home": disabled people prepare to battle again to save the ILF
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Save the Independent Living Fund - join the campaign!

21 Apr 2014: The Independent Living Fund is used by severely disabled people to pay for the extra carer hours they need to live independent lives. The government wants to close the fund. The fight to save it is on.
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New report offers an alternative to failing Atos ESA tests and out-of-work sickness support

9 Apr 2014: A report published today (9th April 2014) aims to kickstart a significant new debate about the failure of sickness and disability support in the UK
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Our latest research in the Independent: councils running out of funds to cover bedroom tax

5 Apr 2014: The bedroom tax has resulted in thousands of people being “driven into destitution” as councils run out of the emergency funds set aside to rescue those worst affected.
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Disabled people and the cuts: the statistics and the stories

3 Apr 2014: As newspapers run an alleged case of someone fraudulently claiming benefits, let's remember some other people who’ve been in the newspapers recently.
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Our research with the Guardian: Poorest homes face £120 council tax rise as safety net goes

31 Mar 2014: A joint investigation by the Guardian and False Economy found that from April, 83 local authorities are reducing protection for vulnerable residents.
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Last chance for ESA evidence

16 Mar 2014: You can still fill in the survey for Spartacus' response to the Work and Pension Committee request for evidence on ESA and Work Capability Assessments.
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Exclusive: How councils pay millions for discredited lie detector tests on claimants

10 Mar 2014: It says a lot about council outsourcing – and the benefits-bashing agenda – that this pseudo-scientific gimmick is now making its way in through the back door
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There’s still time to persuade your MP to attend the WOW debate on Thursday

24 Feb 2014: The WOW petition calls for a cumulative impact assessment of the impact of "welfare reform" on sick and disabled people. Tell your MP to be there!
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Video from the protest: Focus E15 mums take their petition for social housing to City Hall

23 Feb 2014: Boris wasn't in. The women left him a signed greeting card as well.
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Campaigners to meet at Royal Courts on Friday for bedroom tax appeal judgment

20 Feb 2014: Disabled people and supporters to meet at the Royal Courts of Justice for the Court of Appeal judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge.
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Join the Focus E15 mothers this Friday in their fight for housing for all!

18 Feb 2014: This group of young women have been battling Newham council for accommodation for themselves and their small children for about six months. On Friday, they're holding a special event...
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This week: take part in the protests against #Atos

16 Feb 2014: This week on Wednesday February 19, protesters will gather nationally outside Atos centres to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of people on ESA.
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Make sure your MP attends the WOW debate! 11.30am February 27 at the House of Commons

13 Feb 2014: The WOW team have secured 27 February as the date to debate the WOW petition. Let your MP know.
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Get benefit street wise: how benefits really help people

10 Feb 2014: Come with us down a typical street and see who is getting benefits and why.
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Send your ESA and WCA experiences to the Work and Pensions committee enquiry

7 Feb 2014: The parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee wants to hear about your experiences with Employment and Support Allowance, Atos and the ESA work capability assessment.
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The WOW debate is a go - now the WOW petition needs your help again! Contact your MP….

3 Feb 2014: Help secure a full debate on the WOW petition in the House of Commons
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Fight sanctions, energy bills, housing problems, WCA - join the welfare action gathering!

26 Jan 2014: Join the many people across the UK who are getting together to push back workfare, fight sanctions, demand decent housing and fight rising energy bills.
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Young mothers occupy Newham council to fight for social housing for all: Focus E15

19 Jan 2014: On Friday, a group of young Stratford mums occupied the East Thames Housing Association building and Newham council's housing offices as part of their ongoing fight for decent social housing in Newham.
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For all those who think that getting benefits is easy…well, it’s not

17 Jan 2014: This post from Jayne Linney tells you about a typical experience and day...
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National demonstration against Atos

16 Jan 2014: Next month, protesters will gather nationally outside Atos centres to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of people receiving employment support allowance.
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Who benefits from benefits? A very good post from Sue Marsh

9 Jan 2014: Benefits and social security are extremely important and must be defended. This post, which is from Sue Marsh's site, gives very good insight into this.
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Dates to diary: cuts protests and meetings already organised for 2014

2 Jan 2014: Some of the important cuts fightback events and meetings that are already planned for the first weeks of January
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Good update from Joe Halewood: about the bedroom tax – the issues for 2014

30 Dec 2013: Joe Halewood with key points for people fighting the bedroom tax in 2014.
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Video from Tyneside MIND: mental health and the work capability assessment

15 Dec 2013: Many people find the process of going through the WCA difficult and distressing and this is reflected in the film.
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Breaking news: government reviewer opposed rollout of #ESA

13 Dec 2013: Ian Duncan-Smith and others took the decision to push nearly 2 million people through a failing test as quickly as they could. Why?
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The second People’s Review of the work capability assessment

9 Dec 2013: This is very much worth a read: the second user-based We Are Spartacus review of the failed Work Capability Assessment that has brought so much distress to so many people.
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IDS to answer questions at parliament today about the Universal Credit disaster…

9 Dec 2013: Iain Duncan Smith must answer questions today about his disastrous universal credit scheme and the DWP's misuse of benefits statistics.
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From Leeds: an excellent case study-based report on the devastating impacts of the bedroom tax

5 Dec 2013: The report draws on evidence from 60 case studies of affected tenants and Leeds City Council statistics (acquired through Freedom of Information requests) to provide a detailed picture of the impact on the bedroom tax.
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Our latest Guardian research: bankruptcy and repossession threat as council tax benefit cuts hit

2 Dec 2013: The number of households threatened with bankruptcy and repossession has increased at double the rate in councils that passed on government cuts to council tax benefits, leaving 670,000 facing bailiffs in the first six months of this year.
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Very nearly there - sign the #wowpetition now!

28 Nov 2013: Set up by Francesca Martinez , the Wow Petition calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people.
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Petition goes to parliament: hold IDS to account for his appalling misuse of statistics

17 Nov 2013: Jayne Linney and Debbie Sayers will be in parliament tomorrow with their 105,000-signature petition to hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his false statistics.
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From the excellent Captain Ska - the Iain Duncan Smith legacy…

13 Nov 2013: Iain Duncan Smith: Foodbanks, poverty, bedroom tax, attacks on disabled people, benefit cuts, appalling Atos decisions - it's all there.
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Have you signed the #WowPetition yet? Only a month left…

12 Nov 2013: The petition calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people. Nearly 80,000 signatures - sign now!
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End #sanctions, fight workfare: join the Boycott Workfare week of action 2- 8 December

3 Nov 2013: It looks clear that more than a million people will have faced benefit sanctions - and the hunger, pressure on families and stress they cause - by the end of the year.
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Jayne Linney on the conspicuous absence of IDS

1 Nov 2013: Months after starting a petition which now has over 104,000 signatures, Jayne Linney and Debbie Sayers are STILL trying to hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his misuse of statistics.
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Sanctions: ‘Punishing Poverty?’ a new report by the CAB

27 Oct 2013: Citizens Advice has a new report which describes the seriousness of sanctions and the dire financial position people end in when they are sanctioned.
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This is what it is like: a Hackney lawyer describes a fight to stop an eviction….

24 Oct 2013: Jim can’t deal with the 27 page Housing Benefit form that he received. Six months of rent arrears clock up in a flash...
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Help DPAC and MyLegalForum gather data on Jobcentre Plus, the work programme and sanctions

16 Oct 2013: The survey is for people who are on Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) or who have previously been on these social security benefits.
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Leeds Hands Off Homes survey on the bedroom tax: interesting results coming through

15 Oct 2013: An interesting and detailed update from Leeds Hands Off Homes on the bedroom survey they're running.
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Birmingham council lobbied on the unfair, unworkable #bedroomtax

10 Oct 2013: Campaigners lobby Birmingham City Council for a no eviction policy, so that those who are caught by this unfair charge do not risk losing their homes.
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Four people who’ve been long-term unemployed talk about their experiences

3 Oct 2013: A collection of interviews with people who are dealing with long-term unemployment and homelessness.
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Osborne’s plans to criminalise unemployed people - and more on US workfare

30 Sep 2013: George Osborne’s announcement that more unemployed people will be forced to work without a wage or face losing their only source of income - and some facts on US workfare.
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October vigils at court appeals for ILF and decision on mental health and WCA

27 Sep 2013: Join DPAC and the Mental Health Resistance Network as they fight for the Independent Living Fund and a court decision for people going through the Atos work capability assessment.
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Your discretionary housing payment has run out. Pay the #bedroomtax yourself.

22 Sep 2013: More evidence that evictions are on the horizon and the bedroom tax needs to be scrapped right away...
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Our research in the Independent: bedroom tax: 50,000 people face eviction

18 Sep 2013: The Independent's front page story for Thursday features our latest research on the bedroom tax, which shows the scale of the debt caused by the government's bedroom tax.
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On the bedroom tax…

11 Sep 2013: Video testimonies from bedroom tax tenants about the effect of the bedroom tax on their lives.
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Disabled People Against Cuts: starting 7 days of action to reclaim our futures!

25 Aug 2013: The week of action against cuts, austerity and to fight for the rights of disabled people starts this week on 29 August.
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Assess the assessor questionnaire!

22 Aug 2013: Great comedian and political activist Mark Thomas is fronting a six-month Assessing the Assessors campaign. See ths show - and/or if you're online, you can fill in the Assess Atos questionnaire!
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Week of action: protest against austerity, fight for rights and celebrate disabled people!

14 Aug 2013: Our history is full of examples of how disabled community has come together when under attack to fight - and win. Join the Reclaiming Our Futures actions.
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The mass sleepout - 24 August!

12 Aug 2013: There already events planned as part of the national day of action on August 24 in over 40 towns and cities across the UK.
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Information for people summonsed to court over council tax

9 Aug 2013: Reducing spending to wipe out the debt left by irresponsible bankers was the excuse but it is those who can least afford to pay who are picking up the bill.
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Is Hoban and the DWP letting you know your rights on Atos assessment recordings?

5 Aug 2013: Have you got an employment and support allowance Atos face-to-face assessment coming up? Has the DWP let you know that you can ask for your assessment to be recorded?
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The fight against council tax benefit cuts

30 Jul 2013: Haringey resident Reverend Paul Nicolson is refusing to pay his council tax in protest at the cuts to council tax benefit and other government welfare ‘reforms.’ Support him at court on Friday.
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Bedroom tax judicial review judgment and vigil on Tuesday morning

29 Jul 2013: Disabled people and supporters will gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday as the judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge is handed down.
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No surprise there then: IDS runs away from “statistics” questioning

26 Jul 2013: IDS will now NOT appear at the September Work and Pensions committee to answer questions about his misuse of statistics.
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Disabled People Against Cuts: 7 days of action to reclaim our futures!

23 Jul 2013: Join this year’s week of action to protest against austerity, fight for our rights and celebrate disabled people.
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Top ten private sector commissioning failures

21 Jul 2013: Barnet Unison has put together its top ten list of privatisation failures. Some extraordinary ones in here. We might add more.
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The costs and problems of sourcing medical support information for ESA

19 Jul 2013: Yesterday, the BBC reported that GPs in south east Wales had been told to stop writing letters for patients appealing against decisions to stop benefit payments. That and costs make life very hard for claimants.
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From Jayne Linney: IDS WILL answer for misusing stats

17 Jul 2013: IDS will attend the Work & Pensions Select Committee says Dame Anne Begg chair of the Select Committe today
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A list of completely ridiculous benefit sanctions people have experienced

13 Jul 2013: Birmingham Against Cuts presents cases of benefit sanctions that they’ve come across online, in newspapers and parliamentary debates.
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Universal credit rollout delayed, but workfare for workers set to start

12 Jul 2013: More about the growing failure that is Universal Credit - and also, join Birmingham Against the Cuts this weekend to protest at workfare!
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Layers of inequality: impact of public spending cuts on black, asian and minority women

9 Jul 2013: A new report demonstrates the far-reaching impacts of public spending cuts and social security "reform" on BAME women in Coventry.
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The disability stats the government DOESN’T want you to see

8 Jul 2013: When asked "Would you like to see more or less spending on disabled people who cannot work? 46.7% want MORE or even much more. Just 4.1 % want less.
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Big debate Wednesday! - the effects of government policies on disabled people

8 Jul 2013: On Wednesday 10 July, parliament will see a “debate the changes they have made that affect disabled people
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UK Uncut callout: Foodbanks - Stuff the Banks! Saturday 20 July

5 Jul 2013: Over half a million people in the UK are going hungry. UK Uncut will be setting up our own UK Uncut style food banks inside branches of HSBC – shutting down the UK’s biggest, bonus-munching, crisis-causing, tax-dodging bank.
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Mental health, WCAs, PIP and the DWP appealing judicial decisions

3 Jul 2013: What happens now for people with mental health illnesses who must go through work capability assessment and Atos and Capita personal independence payment face to face assessments?
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PIP mobility consultation: Making the most of the opportunity to input

1 Jul 2013: Make the most of this opportunity to tell the DWP what we think of the 20-metre walking distance criteria for enhanced rate mobility PIP and other aspects of the Moving around activity.
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Fight the bedroom tax: community deputation to Leeds city council

30 Jun 2013: On Monday 1 July, Hands off our Homes in Leeds will give a community deputation to the full Council meeting of Leeds City Council calling for an end to the bedroom tax.
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The Cruelty in Osborne’s spending review

28 Jun 2013: Sue Marsh: these changes will starve children, push mothers and fathers to foodbanks and charity, force proud men and women to beg.
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Lies, damned lies and Iain Duncan Smith’s “statistics”

27 Jun 2013: The DWP will shortly release its annual report. DPAC is celebrating this by releasing a report showing how the DWP and DWP Ministers make claims which are simply untrue.
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Austerity isn’t working but Osborne will extend it

26 Jun 2013: The excellent Birmingham Against the cuts on real stories of austerity and spending reviews
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More signatures to stop the War On Welfare!

22 Jun 2013: Time for a reblog of the #WOWpetition for more signatures to stop the war on welfare. Please circulate and share and click here to sign the petition!
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Further consultation on the personal independence payment

19 Jun 2013: This is the press release Jane Young put out this week on the DWP’s announcement of a new consultation on the mobility component of PIP
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Boycott Workfare calls for sanctions stories

16 Jun 2013: With your help, Boycott Workfare would like to highlight the devastating impact that benefit sanctions are having on people’s lives by collecting together experiences of benefit sanctions.
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How the bedroom tax will transfer housing stock from taxpayers to banks

5 Jun 2013: In this Open Democracy article, Mel Kelly asks who will really benefit from the bedroom tax
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An update and film trailer from the makers of The Spirit Level documentary…

31 May 2013: Filmmakers are talking to people around the world, in different societies, at different income levels. In this blog, producer Katharine Round talks about making the documentary.
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Saturday 1 June: national day of action against the bedroom tax

28 May 2013: On Saturday 1 June, local protests against the bedroom tax are being called all over the UK. Here are some details of the protests and contact information for organisers.
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Our latest research in the Guardian: bedroom tax could make 1000s homeless

27 May 2013: Our latest numbers show that a severe shortage of one-bedroom properties will hit tens of thousands unless new homes are built.
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Victory as judges rule controversial disability benefits procedure is unfair

22 May 2013: Judges rule the procedure used by the DWP to decide eligibility for ESA disadvantages people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism.
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Hold IDS to account for his misuse of statistics

19 May 2013: Recent reports show the Work and Pensions Secretary misrepresented statistics to make a political point. Sign the petition to hold him to account.
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Tomorrow: support claimants taking court action against the bedroom tax

14 May 2013: The ten claims, made by a range of people affected by the Bedroom Tax which came into force from 1st April this year, will be heard together over three days starting on Wednesday 15 May.
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The benefit cap and the DWP’s misuse of statistics

10 May 2013: Why the DWP's manipulation of data to justify regressive policies is of deep concern
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Welfare reforms not fit to work: leading doctors protest at ‘cruel’ disability tests

7 May 2013: At last year's BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting, doctors voted overwhelmingly to demand that the DWP-Atos Work Capability Assessment end ’with immediate effect’. Campaigners demand action now.
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How the bedroom tax unfolds: the letters and home visits people are getting

5 May 2013: We're talking to people who have been told they must pay the bedroom tax and we're following their stories, to see how this frightening tax unfolds. It isn't good.
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Bedroom tax research: call for evidence

2 May 2013: The We Are Spartacus campaign is running a project to find out how the bedroom tax is affecting sick and disabled people. Please crosspost and share this information!
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How the bedroom tax is unfolding: Birmingham council report shows impact

27 Apr 2013: A report presented to this week’s Birmingham City Council Cabinet puts numbers and places to the horrific impact of the bedroom tax and benefit cap in Birmingham.
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How the bedroom tax is unfolding

21 Apr 2013: People are already getting calls and letters about paying the bedroom tax. We're talking to a few of those people, following their stories and asking questions of their landlords.
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This Saturday: demonstrate in Leeds against the bedroom tax!

16 Apr 2013: This weekend, people in Leeds will say No to the bedroom tax and No to evictions!
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TUC calls on statistics watchdog to investigate minister over benefit claims

15 Apr 2013: TUC writes to the UK Statistics Authority, calling on it to investigate Iain Duncan Smith for 'misusing' official statistics to justify the government's benefits cap.
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Why I am suing the government over DLA and PIP

9 Apr 2013: Steven Sumpter at Latent Existence receives Disability Living Allowance. In this post, he explains why he is challenging the government's DLA changes in court and how those changes will affect him.
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PIP faces legal challenge!

8 Apr 2013: Wearespartacus.org.uk challenges changes to the new PIP (Personal Independence Payments replacing DLA or Disability Living Allowance) mobility criteria.
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Tax cut for the richest, tax increase for the poorest and social security attacked

7 Apr 2013: Birmingham against cuts on the unfairness of tax cuts for the rich and tax increases for the poorest.
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Social landlords must stand with tenants against the bedroom tax

3 Apr 2013: Hands off Our Homes in Leeds on the problems people are raising at bedroom tax meetings and calls for councils to support tenants.
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Let’s focus on the real cheats

3 Apr 2013: The excellent Harpymarx on the government's attacks on social security...and the ongoing money lost to tax avoidance.
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Want to Shout about ESA? Here’s your chance #ESAendgame

2 Apr 2013: Act together to end the pain of ESA now!
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Bedroom tax, council tax benefit cuts, DLA to PIP: a perfect storm all right

31 Mar 2013: As the Independent says today, "Britain's poorest will be hit by a "devastating" barrage of new cuts and taxes tomorrow, as a range of government welfare changes are introduced."
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Government fails to prevent legal challenge to bedroom tax

27 Mar 2013: The Government has failed in its attempt to prevent legal action against its controversial bedroom tax, after permission was granted for a judicial review of the regulations.
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The reality of time-limited employment and support allowance

25 Mar 2013: A real life story about the effects of limiting contributions-based ESA to just 365 days.
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ESA SOS - the starting gun

7 Mar 2013: Help Sue Marsh show all politicians of all parties that the public is not ok with employment and support allowance and the work capability assessment.
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What the closure of the Independent Living Fund means to disabled people

1 Mar 2013: ILF receipients explain why people with severe disabilities require extra care funding and what the loss of that funding will mean.
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How the UK’s “social” recession looks

28 Feb 2013: How the economic crisis and government cuts impact on the provision of children’s services by local authorities and community groups.
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Our council tax benefit cut research and ILF videos in Guardian

28 Feb 2013: Our latest research and stories in the Guardian
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Birmingham cuts: protest days organised for next week

18 Feb 2013: On 26 February, Birmingham City Council will meet to vote on the cuts amounting to £102m this year and £625m by 2016 to 2017.
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Report back from Armley Stop the Bedroom Tax Meeting

17 Feb 2013: Last week, Hands off our Homes in Leeds held another successful bedroom tax meeting in Armley.
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What is a bedroom?: significant new bedroom tax challenges emerge

16 Feb 2013: Joe Halewood asks: what is the legal definition of a bedroom for bedroom tax purposes - and is there even one?
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Equality before the law: a principle abandoned by Britain

13 Feb 2013: Citizens Advice Bureau adviser Deborah Pafield asks: At what point did Britain decide that legal rights don’t apply to poor people?
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Benefit cuts opposition and calls for benefit summit

11 Feb 2013: The Campaign for Benefit Justice has called a summit to bring together tenants, disabled people, trade unions, the unpaid and the low paid as one national voice.
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Repost: why I have a two-bedroom flat and why I’m worried about the bedroom tax

30 Jan 2013: The council moved me to a two-bedroom flat because I was being threatened by gangs.
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April will be a very cruel month……if you are on welfare benefits!

27 Jan 2013: Louise Whittle on the crisis that we are well on course for with the bedroom tax, council tax benefit cuts and other cruel "welfare reforms."
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More problems with the bedroom tax and why it will add to the welfare bill

25 Jan 2013: What is an acceptable bedroom size? What definitions of underoccupation is the government working to? Will the courts be flooded as the government gets this wrong?
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The impact of benefit cuts: a Birmingham perspective

23 Jan 2013: A few reasons why Birmingham is seeing a growing resistance to "austerity."
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Will Labour protect disabled people? Pat’s Petition goes to Westminster to find out

21 Jan 2013: Help lobby for a cumulative impact assessment of the effects of cuts on disabled people and carers.
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Falling through the cracks in Britain 2013: a CAB adviser reports

19 Jan 2013: In this excellent article, CAB advisor Deborah Padfield maps the appalling real-life fallout of Britain's dying welfare state.
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WCA descriptors fail, DWP fails, Atos fails: a case study

18 Jan 2013: DPAC publishes a recent case which calls the ESA work capability assessment further into question.
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Changes to mobility allowances under PIP – ask your MP to stop this injustice!

13 Jan 2013: Thousand of people are likely to lose their entitlement to mobility allowances under government plans.
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Enough of the shirkers rhetoric: people have reasons for needing support

9 Jan 2013: Interviews with people who have been on benefits for the longer-term.
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DPAC now has an official song for 2013!

6 Jan 2013: See the new video from Disabled People Against Cuts.
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TUC poll finds that support for benefit cuts depends on misconceptions

4 Jan 2013: Voters least able to give accurate answers about benefits are the most likely to back the government's policy on cutting benefits.
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The overall benefit cap should be abandoned, not just delayed

3 Jan 2013: Joe Halewood on the many, many holes in the government's overall benefit cap theory.
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2012: the year austerity economics started to unravel

1 Jan 2013: Very interesting post from Birmingham Against Cuts on austerity's failures and alternatives.
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Have you signed the WOW petition? Nearly 8000 signatures already!

28 Dec 2012: Calling for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare "reform" and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on needs.
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Taking the fight to the government in 2013

24 Dec 2012: Fighting the government and cuts to social security in 2013 - we'll see you there.
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More distress for people with disabilities: Independent Living Fund to close

21 Dec 2012: Government decides to abolish a key source of independent living support.
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Well over 100,000 to lose Motability vehicles under draconian new rules

16 Dec 2012: PIP rules mean that many disabled people will no longer qualify for the all-important Motability scheme.
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Legal challenge launched against ‘unfair’ government disability test

14 Dec 2012: Joint statement from Patrick Lynch, DPAC, Public Interest Lawyers and False Economy on work capability assessment legal challenge.
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Making poor people poorer is no way to economic growth

5 Dec 2012: A few views on Osborne's autumn statement...
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Not long to go: UK Uncut, December 8 and a wakeup call for tax dodgers…

29 Nov 2012: UK Uncut's plan to transform Starbucks into nationwide Refuges from the Cuts is taking shape...
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The new austerity and the end of the welfare state

26 Nov 2012: Will we have a social security safety net left at all by 2020?
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The people I see who are struggling to deal with pay day loans

24 Nov 2012: Lawyer Nathaniel Mathews on pay day loans and how legal aid cuts will hurt people's chances of help with loan problems.
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We’re making a list: council budget and service cuts 2013-2014 and beyond

21 Nov 2012: We're collating information about council budget, service and jobs cuts around the country. Add yours too.
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Results from DPAC survey of work capability assessment experiences

19 Nov 2012: The survey show the ways that people are being driven to crisis point by work capability assessments.
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Council tax – the reform that is needed and the cuts that will actually happen

2 Nov 2012: In this excellent post, Richard Exell explains the inequalities of council tax and the problems that cuts to council tax benefit will cause.
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Why I have a two-bedroom council house and why I’m worried about the bedroom tax

29 Oct 2012: The latest of our interviews with people who are dealing with fallout from welfare cuts.
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The people who will suffer the most as legal aid is cut

25 Oct 2012: Nathaniel Matthews at the Hackney Community Law Centre explains how legal aid cuts will hit.
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Benefit cuts will force thousands to default on council tax – new research

16 Oct 2012: False Economy research shows local authorities preparing for huge losses
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The Billion Pound Gamble - new film about cuts and privatisation in Barnet

5 Oct 2012: Come to the premier of a brand new film about life in Barnet as the council moves towards a mass-outsourcing project.
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Trouble getting a fit note or medical support information for ESA?

3 Oct 2012: We've been approached by people on ESA and welfare rights advisors who have struggled to get fit notes.
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There’s still time to sign Pat’s petition against cuts to benefits and services

27 Sep 2012: Now with nearly 50,000 signatures, Pat's petition calls for a review of the impact of welfare changes.
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Exclusive: Local authorities set to cut council tax support to poor by a fifth

21 Sep 2012: Our research shows people on low or no incomes hit by council tax hike
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A morning at a foodbank: queues, crisis and running out of food

20 Sep 2012: Izzy Koksal debates the role of foodbanks as the economic crisis continues.
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Women’s refuge network in the UK could be “decimated” by universal credit

18 Sep 2012: How a toxic combination of Universal Credit and benefit caps could trap people in abusive relationships.
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From Birmingham: welfare reforms make child poverty target “unachievable”

16 Sep 2012: A look at how Universal Credit and welfare "reform" affects Birmingham.
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5 things you need to know about welfare cuts and the economy – new factsheet

7 Sep 2012: Our latest factsheet: how cutting benefits in a recession harms the economy
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My son has schizophrenia and I fear for his health in DLA reassessments

5 Sep 2012: One parent's concerns for her son as the government phases out disability living allowance.
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Have you signed Pat’s petition?

29 Aug 2012: As protests against Atos continue - sign Pat Onions' petition against cuts to benefits and services for people with disabilities
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DWP: we have no plans to offer PIP claimants audio recordings of assessments

26 Aug 2012: More on the fight to secure recordings of work capability and PIP assessments
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Our new section: Everything you wanted to know about care and benefit cuts but were afraid to ask

24 Aug 2012: An at-a-glance guide to cuts and changes to care services and benefits
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Why paying housing benefits direct to tenants is better for social landlords

22 Aug 2012: Joe Halewood talks about the reality of paying arrears with the overall benefit cap.
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Experience of charges for medical evidence for work capability assessments?

19 Aug 2012: How much does it cost to source supporting medical evidence for employment and support allowance?
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Factsheet: cuts and changes to social care and disability benefits

14 Aug 2012: At-a-glance information about obtaining care services, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance
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Join The Atos Games with Disabled People Against Cuts!

1 Aug 2012: Join Disabled People Against Cuts for The Atos Games From Monday 27 to Friday 31 August
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Repost: Benefit fraud - the levels are very low

30 Jul 2012: A look at the realities of benefit fraud levels and the effects of anti-benefits campaigns.
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Help us create a factsheet on social care and welfare “reforms”

24 Jul 2012: We want to create short factsheets for at-a-glance information on care and social security changes.
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More on recording work capability assessments - is Atos right, or the DWP?

22 Jul 2012: We've been seeking further clarification on recording Atos work capability assessments.
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The disproportionate effects of service cuts on older women

19 Jul 2012: A new report challenges the myth that pensioners are ‘getting off lightly’ with spending cuts.
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Social housing decline – why has it happened?

14 Jul 2012: Why isn't more made of the massive economic benefits that social housing brings?
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Trying to record Atos work capability assessments

10 Jul 2012: Can people record their work capability assessments? We're trying to find out.
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Workfare in court

27 Jun 2012: The High Court hears challenges on the legality of the government's workfare schemes.
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There is a fundamental systemic flaw in Universal Credit

21 Jun 2012: How differing rent, benefit and average earning increases will lead to problems housing larger families.
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Disability hate crime, benefit “fraud” campaigns and the hardest hit

13 Jun 2012: Press campaigns against people on benefits and responses from a Hardest Hit conference.
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From pillar to post

29 May 2012: A personal story: signing on for Job Seekers' allowance:
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Stopped benefits and homelessness: the realities of drug and alcohol problems

23 May 2012: People talk about the challenges of keeping benefits and staying housed.
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The implications of contributory ESA time limits

30 Apr 2012: In this post, Louise Whittle explains the effects that the new ESA eligibility time-limit will have on her.
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Latest Housing Benefit figures – £4bn over target and PRS largesse

20 Apr 2012: Joe Halewood argues that it is time for a radical rethink of housing benefit policy and the private rental sector's role
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This week: Commons considers Lords amendments to Legal Aid Bill

16 Apr 2012: We need to contact MPs to make sure the Lords' amendments are backed now.
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ESA and my experience of skills training ….. A4E style!

14 Apr 2012: A4e training and losing ESA from the end of April: the realities of welfare reform.
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The ongoing fight for care

21 Mar 2012: As the cuts bite, people with disabilities face challenges to stay in their own homes.
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The chaos for families caught in care cuts

13 Mar 2012: The first in our series of interviews with those dealing first-hand with swingeing cuts to benefits and local services.
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Workfare:  Don’t think a job will mean you’re safe

8 Mar 2012: Another nasty piece of work compulsion looms – ‘conditionality’ for people receiving in-work benefits.
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Benefit fraud - the levels are very low

27 Feb 2012: Official figures show the low levels of benefit fraud
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How US workfare punished minorities and the poor

20 Jan 2012: Kate Belgrave says flawed and punitive US workfare is no model for the UK
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The cruel truth about US workfare

11 Jan 2012: Unemployed welfare recipients have been forced to do the work once done by paid employees.
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Watching workfare: new series

10 Jan 2012: Our new series will take a close look at government "welfare-to-work" programs
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Crowdsourced research reveals strong opposition to disability benefit reform

9 Jan 2012: Freedom of Information-based research finds that Government misled MPs and Peers over hostility to disability benefit reform
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Sign Pat’s petition against cuts to disability services

6 Dec 2011: Pat Onion, who is both disabled and her husband's carer, explains why she launched her petition
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Don’t be fooled by these pilot personal healthcare budgets

4 Nov 2011: Pilot personal healthcare budgets offer acupuncture, massage and smartphones. The real thing may turn out to be very different indeed.
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Disabled people are being hit hard. Join us to protest on 22 October

14 Oct 2011: Having promised to protect the most vulnerable, the Government is pressing ahead with swingeing cuts to benefits and services vital to disabled people.
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Research shows how cuts will increase inequality between men and women

19 May 2011: Report outlines how women are being hit by a combination of benefit and local service cuts.
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Stop demonising disabled claimants: an open letter to Richard Desmond

9 May 2011: You acted with generosity in sponsoring my daughter's hospital. Now it's time for your words to catch up with your actions.
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The housing safety net is being undermined at the very time it’s needed most

4 May 2011: In the debate about cuts to frontline services, there has been one glaring omission: housing.
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Benefit reform will leave sick and disabled people trapped on the dole

28 Apr 2011: Objections to welfare reform are economic as well as moral.
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Like playground bullies, journalists and politicians gang up on the sick and disabled

22 Apr 2011: The government hits us hard, while national newspapers call us scroungers and skivers
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Cuts will hit disabled people especially hard. Protest with us on 11 May.

19 Apr 2011: Disabled people and those with health conditions are being disproportionately affected by government cuts. They need solidarity.
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Disability Living Allowance: The meanest cut of all

1 Feb 2011: Welfare is perceived as an easy target by this government, which willingly promotes the "benefit scrounger" stereotypes of much of the mainstream media.
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