Mum hits out at Universal Credit after she and 13-year-old daughter lose home

Mum hits out at Universal Credit after she and 13-year-old daughter lose home

A woman and her 13-year-old daughter have been left homeless – and she blames Universal Credit . Katie French, 36,  was evicted from her two-bedroom Torquay flat with her partner and 13-year-old daughter in February. They had been living in the flat for almost four years but started having problems with rent due to a […]

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Universal credit wait fuels poverty and food bank use, says research | Society

Universal credit wait fuels poverty and food bank use, says research | Society

Ministers have come under renewed pressure to fundamentally overhaul universal credit after fresh research claimed that the welfare benefit’s built-in five week wait for payment fuelled claimant poverty and increased food bank use. The Trussell Trust food bank network said the minimum 35-day wait for payment endured by claimants after signing on to universal credit […]

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Labour considering plans to scrap Universal Credit in major shift at conference

Labour considering plans to scrap Universal Credit in major shift at conference

Labour is poised to back scrapping Universal Credit as part of a major shift over the Tories’ notorious six-in-one benefit. A party source told the Mirror talks are under way about raising the radical proposal at next week’s Labour conference in Brighton. It comes after a year-long review by Labour said the UC brand is […]

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Hero Westminster terror attack fireman left homeless due to Universal Credit

Hero Westminster terror attack fireman left homeless due to Universal Credit

A hero firefighter who dealt with the carnage of the Westminster terror attacks has been left homeless after struggling to survive on Universal Credit . For nine years Mark Robinson served as a specialist firefighter for the London Fire Brigade, responding to only the most gruesome and devastating incidents. While cleaning body parts off the […]

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Harrowing suffering of dying man 'not sick enough for benefits' laid bare

Harrowing suffering of dying man ‘not sick enough for benefits’ laid bare

The harrowing suffering of a terminally ill man ‘not sick enough for benefits’ has been laid bare by his heartbroken brother. Dad-of-six Jamie Oliver, 49, was denied the vital disability payments according to his brother Dave Smith who shared a photograph capturing Jamie for the last time in hospital bed – just 12 hours before […]

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Mum-of-two walks 13 miles to work after benefits mix up leaves her with £2.60

Mum-of-two walks 13 miles to work after benefits mix up leaves her with £2.60

A mum-of-two says she was left with just £2.60 to feed her children for a fortnight after a benefits mix up. Kirsty Minott, 31, resorted to walking the 13-mile round trip to work because she couldn’t afford the bus fare. The Morrisons worker from Bedlington, Northumberland, was left in rent arrears after council tax reduction […]

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Woman 'unable to survive' on £44 a month Universal Credit shoplifts from Primark

Woman ‘unable to survive’ on £44 a month Universal Credit shoplifts from Primark

A woman left with just £44 a month on Universal Credit was caught stealing nine pairs of jeans from Primark, a court heard. Lisa Payne “simply couldn’t survive with £44” over an entire month, her solicitor claimed. The court heard Payne stole £117 worth of jeans from a Primark at the Freshney Place shopping centre […]

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Surge in EU citizens unfairly refused access to universal credit | Society

Surge in EU citizens unfairly refused access to universal credit | Society

EU citizens are being made homeless and destitute after being turned down for universal credit despite having the legal right to reside in the UK, in what critics are calling the benefit system’s very own “hostile environment”. Ministers are being urged to review “unfair practices” after law centres and welfare advisers reported a surge in […]

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Government urged to scrap 'nasty' two-child limit on benefits | Society

Government urged to scrap ‘nasty’ two-child limit on benefits | Society

Campaigners have called for the government to scrap the “nasty” two-child limit on benefits after the latest official figures showed that nearly 600,000 children were affected by the controversial policy. Although the government promoted it as a way to persuade people into work, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) statistics published on Wednesday show those […]

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Speed-up Universal Credit payments, say MPs in 'Destitution Britain' report

Speed-up Universal Credit payments, say MPs in ‘Destitution Britain’ report

Universal Credit payments should begin within a week of registering for the benefit, MPs say today. Greater flexibility is needed in calculating and paying the flagship social security lifeline, which rolls six payments into one, according to a report. The study comes after Independent MPs Frank Field and Heidi Allen toured the country as part […]

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