Back Again

This site hasn’t been updated for a couple of years, but I am hoping to sort this out over the next week or so. So just be aware that some links will be out of date, and information may not be reliable at the moment. Sorry all, I’ve not been so well, and campaigning has…

Social Rent Affordability and Benefits Cap – Report

Affinity Sutton’s analysis of new research by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) shows that charging a rent between social and market rent could ease the strain of soaring private rents for thousands of families if they are able to obtain a new housing association home. However, those dependent on benefits and…

Proposed changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance

From the DWP Advisor website.   The Welfare Reform Bill currently going through Parliament is proposing two changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance (ESA): to limit the amount of time that people in the Work Related Activity Group can receive contribution-based ESA to 12 months; and to remove the special contribution criteria for ESA…

National Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts

From benefitclaimantsfightback   “Take action now to defend the Welfare State. We will not pay for their crisis. The National Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts on 15th December 2010 aims to be the first of many and this time will concentrate on the Housing Benefit cuts. Facebook event page at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181074851903167&…

ONS publishes Life Opportunities Survey Interim Report

From the ONS website.   The interim findings of a major survey, which explores disability in terms of social barriers to participation, is published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The Life Opportunities Survey (LOS) is a new large-scale survey of disability in Great Britain. It is the first major social survey in…

Government cannot sue for benefit overpayments, court rules

From the Guardian   Department of Work and Pensions cannot take legal action to recover money paid as a result of its own error   The supreme court ruled today that the government cannot recover overpayments of social security benefits through the courts where the claimant is not at fault. In a landmark judgment, the…

Public Consultation on DLA Reform

More information about the proposed changes to DLA have been published and can be found here.   Main points:   It will be renamed Personal Independence Payment. It will be non means tested, and payable in and out of work. It will be introduced in 2013-14. There will be a Mobility component (two levels), and…