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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What the DWP didn’t want you to know…

Church Action on Poverty uncovers new Government research which reveals millions of pensioners and working age families losing out as more than £10 billion in benefits go unclaimed. The Department for Work and Pensions research report, published without comment in … Continue reading

Tackling poverty through self-reliance

Our Community Pride Link Worker Joyce Kay is excited by the potential of a new approach to help women in poor communities build their own livelihoods. In 2014 I joined several other UK community workers on a trip to India. … Continue reading

Tips for a local Living Wage Campaign

One way you can make a real impact on poverty where you live is by persuading local employers to pay the Living Wage. Tom Skinner, coordinator of the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, has prepared this simple guide to help you … Continue reading

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

MPs launch inquiry into the holes in our benefits safety net

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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