Claimants 'tricked' out of benefits, says Jobcentre whistleblower

A Jobcentre Plus whistleblower has revealed to the Guardian how pressure to cut costs is leading to vulnerable claimants being 'set up' so their benefits get...

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The minimum wage rise was welcome but the messaging was wrong, and it matters

When George Osborne announced his new minimum wage rate of £7.20 it seemed a glimmer of hope amidst a challenging budget. The cuts to tax credits could leave many low-paid workers actually worse off, but at least employers are being … Continue reading

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Great news! We learned this week that MPs are to explore many of the concerns we’ve been raising about the holes that have been created in our benefits safety net. The Work and Pensions Committee – a cross-party group of MPs … Continue reading

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A challenge to journalists

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What does today’s Budget mean for those on low incomes?  £12 billion in benefit cuts will cause real hardship Further cuts to tax credits and other benefits will cause real hardship for thousands of people. These are the very people … Continue reading

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