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Rights & Freedoms

Almost £140 million in bonuses for DWP staff – for sanctioning people off benefits?

<b>Gosh – nearly £140 million in bonuses to DWP staff in three years is pretty impressive. What did those people do to deserve that cash?</b><p>Did they…<p>Run a …

Left needs to get it together and popularise, agitate, organise incessantly. #AWorld2BeWon

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Michael Gove admits he was wrong to cancel £55 billion of school funding

Michael Gove has admitted it was a mistake to cancel the Building Schools for the Future programme.<p>He told the BBC's Andrew Marr it wasn't wrong for …

Pension age may be about to rise again, says former minister

Steve Webb says government considering faster timetable for higher state pension age of 70, affecting millions of workers<p>The government may be preparing to increase the official state pension age to 70 for millions of people currently in their 20s, a former minister has claimed.<p>Steve Webb said …


Binmen who helped elderly man clear bags of rubble from his garden sacked 'for gross misconduct'

A group of binmen have been sacked for helping an elderly man clear bags of rubble from him garden.<p>Dave Clark, Rob Jefford and Alex Steven were fired …

Prime Minister May’s ‘Black Mirror-esque’ surveillance law is passed in the UK

I just finished watching the latest season of <i>Black Mirror</i>, and I can’t help but see the eerie similarities between the show and our world, and the surveillance law that was just passed in the UK is proof of that. Dubbed the snoopers’ charter, the new law will make it obligatory for internet …


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A day in the life of a care worker: 23 house calls in 12 hours for £64.80

More than 600,000 people work in the care sector, many for agencies hired by councils, on zero-hours contracts and minimal rates of pay. Jean is one of them<p>• Help fund our journalism by becoming a Guardian Supporter or making a contribution<p>It’s 6.30am and still dark, and Jean is setting out for her …

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U.K. Government guilty of grave and systematic violations of disabled people’s human rights ~ UN CRPD ~ Report

“Consequently, the Committee considers that there is reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons …


Tough New Benefits Cap Will Stay Even If Inflation Rises

'No intention' to remove cap.<p>BEN STANSALL via Getty Images<p>The Work and Pensions Secretary has said there is “no intention” to remove a tough new …


Rights & Freedoms

Sitting at home on sickness benefits is bad for health, says Green

Work and pensions secretary to launch review of welfare system including how people qualify for sick pay and fit notes<p>Working is better for people’s health than “sitting at home living on benefits” for sickness and disability, the work and pensions secretary has said before the launch of a welfare …

What’s worse – living on sickness benefits or dying at work because you were sent back too soon?

Work and pensions secretary Damian Green leaves a cabinet meeting at Downing Street [Image: Peter Nicholls/Reuters].<p><b>Damian Green is another</b> …


DWP staff received almost £140 million in bonuses over the last three years

Over the last three years, the Department for Work and Pensions has handed out £139.9 million in bonuses to its staff - £124.37 million of which has …

Victory for Cinderford woman in benefits battle with DWP

Sophie Allen, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2015, has won an appeal against the government department after being refused …

Multiple Sclerosis

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He Was Lucky Poem by Anna Swirszczynska

A nugget of wisdom. Books are better than friends. A friend can betray in unusual circumstances but a boob, never! Thanks for sharing.10<p>This wise old …

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‘Out, Out—’ by Robert Frost

The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard<p>And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,<p>Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across …


happy #NatPoetryDay with my favorite poet in the whole wide world, lang leav. her poems always touch my heart. 💌

Foreign worker numbers soar as Romanians registering in Britain triple in just one year

Government figures, obtained by The Telegraph ahead of this week's official immigration data, show huge rises in numbers coming from European Union to work in Britain<p>The number of immigrants who came to work in Britain last year reached a record high of more than 800,000 as the number of Romanians …

Brutality of the Bedroom Tax exposed in disgraceful images of disabled Merseyside man driven from home

This shocking picture exposes the brutal reality of David Cameron’s Bedroom Tax – a severely disabled Merseyside man forced to bathe in a paddling …

'Suicide guidance' given to benefits staff preparing for desperate calls on welfare reform

GUIDELINES on how to deal with suicidal benefits claimants have been handed out by the Department for Work and Pensions to Scots workers tasked with …