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Benefits and Poverty John McArdle speaking into a microphone

The prime minister has been accused of hypocrisy, after making a high-profile series of announcements on the “burning injustices” facing people in mental distress, despite research that has linked her own government’s welfare reforms with hundreds of suicides. Theresa May used the package of measures that she claimed would “transform” mental health support in
Benefits and Poverty Poster with Iain Duncan Smith' in a prison outfit and the word 'guilty'

Government ministers failed to show secret reports into the deaths of benefit claimants to the independent expert they commissioned to review their much-criticised “fitness for work” assessment, new evidence suggests. A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) response to a Disability News Service (DNS) freedom of information request shows that seven of its secret
Benefits and Poverty David Clapson head and shoulders

The government has been heavily-criticised by the public spending watchdog for failing to investigate how its own sanctions regime affects disabled people and other claimants of out-of-work benefits. The National Audit Office (NAO) report says the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to track the costs and benefits of sanctions, including financial
Benefits and Poverty Damian Green speaking to MPs

The work and pensions secretary is facing accusations that he misled MPs about his government’s disability benefit reforms for the second time in a month. Damian Green was responding to an urgent question about last week’s Supreme Court ruling that the “bedroom tax” discriminates unlawfully against some disabled people. His Labour shadow, Debbie Abrahams,
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