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Universal Credit blasted again by MPs as millions lost

Thu, 07/11/2013 - 13:28 -- nick

The government's Universal Credit system has been blasted again by MPs.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) within the House of Commons called the scheme "extraordinarily poor" and said oversight by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been "alarmingly weak".

The Committee believed that much of the £425 million spent to date has been lost forever and will need to be written off.

Please, MP, help my family get a proper income

Tue, 22/10/2013 - 15:42 -- nick

An eight-year-old girl from East Ham in East London has written to her MP to ask him to give her parents more money.

The heartbreaking letter was carried to Stephen Timms, who is also Labour's shadow employment minister, by the girl's mum and dad.

The pupil, who has not been named, was saddened that, despite working hard at school, she was not able to undertake out-of-school activities due to a shortage of funds.

She sent the MP a copy of her school report to prove her achievements.

The poor are getting poorer, the rich are getting richer

Fri, 04/10/2013 - 12:11 -- nick

The poor are getting poorer while the rich are getting richer, a Guardian study has shown.

The trend is likely to get worse: the Office for Budget Responsibility says that, even though the poorest in the country saw an income rise up to 2012, planned cuts in government spending will see them receive 3.4% less income between 2007 and 2016.

There are three main ways of judging the issue, and all show a downturn in the fortunes of the worst off:

Churches fill the gaps left by welfare cuts

Fri, 15/02/2013 - 13:13 -- nick

Churches are having to provide help to those whose benefits have been cut, The Guardian has written.

Yesterday, Baroness Warsi, the faith minister, announced that money would be made available to multi-faith projects to deliver social services.

But some religious leaders believe that their institutions are being asked for interventions they are unable to support.

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