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New benefit fraud campaign targets tiny part of UK unnecessarily

Fri, 03/01/2014 - 14:21 -- nick

The government is today launching a new anti-fraud and error campaign - but in just six small areas of the UK.

The chosen few - Southwark, Blackburn, Hounslow, Blackpool, Epping Forest and Cardiff - will be targeted with billboards, newspaper adverts, Facebook adverts and letters to claimants.

These will ask claimants to report changes in their circumstances and also ask all citizens to shop those they believe are claiming benefits fraudulently.

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:

Whistleblower tells of sanctions targets as IDS sticks head in sand

Tue, 10/12/2013 - 11:39 -- nick

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith was faced with more accusations of sanction targets when he was questioned by MPs yesterday.

Appearing before the work and pensions select committee, Smith denied that sanction targets existed, despite being presented with evidence to the contrary.

This evidence included the testimony of a whistleblower who spoke to the committee on the same day, a former jobcentre worker from Manchester.

IDS admits more Universal Credit delays while hiding behind Autumn Statement

Thu, 05/12/2013 - 12:57 -- nick

Under-fire Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has admitted that he will miss his most recent timetable for the introduction of Universal Credit - the latest in a long line of delays.

He chose to release this information on the day the Chancellor gives his Autumn Statement, when most political reporters are busy, hiding his latest disappointment behind George Osborne.

Food emergency in UK as poverty and benefit cuts hit home

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 17:40 -- nick

Food poverty has grown in the UK to a point of national health emergency - and benefit cuts are to blame.

Writing in the British Medical Journal, the scientists and public health experts said the rise in starvation and food bank use bore the hallmarks of a national medical emergency.

In a letter the group points the finger at the government's benefit cuts, citing evidence from the UK's biggest food bank provider the Trussell Trust:

Government must publish food bank report say MPs

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 14:21 -- nick

A group of MPs has called on the government to publish its long-awaited report on food banks.

The study was delivered to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in June, but there has been speculation that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), headed up by under-fire Iain Duncan Smith, has banned its release.

Universal Credit encourages poverty while IDS trumpets unproven work link

Wed, 04/12/2013 - 14:13 -- nick

A new report on Universal Credit shows that poverty is growing for those taking part in pilot schemes.

The scheme has been blighted from the start, with accusations of mismanagement, allegations that it does not work, the write-off of hundreds of millions of pounds due to IT failures, and a far slower introduction pace than promised.

Gove calls UK benefits 'generous' as EU citizens denied access

Mon, 25/11/2013 - 11:49 -- nick

Education Secretary Michael Gove has called the British benefits system "generous" while denying EU citizens access to it.

Speaking on Sunday's Andrew Marr Show on BBC1, Gove defended David Cameron's stance, which will extend the qualifying period for European people from three months to one year.

Gove said Mr Cameron had "struck exactly the right note on migration, which is to celebrate the achievements of the people who've come here, to recognise migration has to work for people who are already here - from whatever background".

DWP trumpets 98% satisfaction - but not with unemployment services

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 12:38 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions is at it again.

The beleaguered government department has today publicised a rare piece of good news: a 98% satisfaction rating with one of its services.

So which flagship section has received the full press release treatment?

The online births, deaths and marriages service 'Tell Us Once'.

Hardly a key part of the DWP offer.

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