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Government to stop funding for low-income families facing emergencies

A £180m-a-year hardship fund providing emergency help for low-income families who suffer sudden financial crisis as a result of domestic violence, ill-health or natural disaster such as flooding is to be scrapped, it has emerged.<p>Technical documents released just before Christmas suggest the …

Charter Against Workfare: A Statement of Principles

<b>For any workplace based scheme for benefit claimants</b><p>“First, it must be entirely voluntary.<p>Secondly, there should be real training so that people go …

400,000 Made Destitute By New JSA Sanctions Regime

Esther McVey, the minister for employment reckons that sanctions were only used against those who were “wilfully rejecting support for no good …

UK councils use half a million hours of workfare

Boycott Workfare’s research revealed half a million hours of unpaid work in councils<p><i>New research by Boycott Workfare, covered in The Mirror and The</i> …

Benefit Sanctions Must Be Stopped Without Exceptions in UK

There are 2000 signatures, after just over 12 hours of creating it. Big thanks to all.<br>However , I don't think the DWP will take this seriously unless …

Find a foodbank

Food Vouchers<p>Your local Foodbanks work with referral agencies to issue food vouchers to those in need of emergency food in times of crisis.<p>Getting a …

Charities condemn Iain Duncan Smith for food bank snub

Iain Duncan Smith, the embattled work and pensions secretary, is refusing to meet leaders of the rapidly expanding Christian charity that has set up more than 400 food banks across the UK, claiming it is "scaremongering" and has a clear political agenda.<p>The news will fuel a growing row over food …

I will never forgive Tories who thought it funny that people fought over cheap food

In this day and age no one should have to be cold, hungry or homeless at Christmas.<p>Yet half a million fellow Britons are now relying on food banks to …

Archived Petition: Benefit Sanctions - Independent Inquiry

Due to the draconian policies of this government in its Social Security reforms and the clear pressure placed on DWP/Job Centre staff, the number of …

Citizens Advice Bureaux set to give out more than 100,000 vouchers for emergency food this year

Citizens Advice Bureaux are on course to give out over 100,000 food vouchers a year. Estimates show a 24% increase over six months. Research by the …

A Selection of Especially Stupid Benefit Sanctions

Charity chief in scathing attack over 'horrific' benefits rules

Recent figures show that between the introduction of the new regime in October 2012 and June 30 this year there were 53,270 sanctions applied in …

Universal Credit – Reasons To Be Tearful.

The nature of this blog will in some way be defined by my technical inability to refine it as I might like, so, new stuff will be inserted at the …