The new YMCA report Food for Thought reveals that last year they referred around 5000 young people to food banks across their 114 branches around the UK.
A government support pack published on 13/11/14 giving social landlords practical advice for preparing their tenants for the roll out of Universal Credit, has announced that the DWP could cut 20 per cent of a claimant’s benefit if they fall into arrears.
A former Work Programme adviser has anonymously spoken to the Guardian about her experience of moving vulnerable claimants off Employment and Support Allowance and into work. She states that: ‘Almost every day one of my clients mentioned feelings of suicide to me’.
New research published by the Sutton Trust has revealed that 31 per cent of university graduates working as interns are unpaid. The report finds that ‘the cost barriers to participating in an unpaid internship have significant consequences for social mobility’.
Latest figures from the DWP estimate that from 2013 – 2014 £3.5bn in benefits were overpaid whilst £1.5bn were underpaid, due to claimant or official error. Of the amount overpaid a higher proportion of £2.2bn is due to claimant or official error whilst £1.2bn is the result of fraud.
The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that it is considering making significant cuts to Employment and Support Allowance, effectively reducing it to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Iain Duncan Smith has come under fire after one of the advisers behind his flagship benefits programme revealed that he knew it was going "off track" months before finally admitting it, reports the Huffington Post.
The chancellor’s latest tax summary has fallen under scrutiny from public sector economists, trade unions and campaign groups, which call into question the government’s emphasis on the “welfare bill” as “the largest drain of taxpayers’ cash”, reports The Guardian.