A family caring for a 7-year-old boy with cancer have been living off handouts from food banks and their local hospital because the DWP stopped his benefits.  Parents Ruth and Kevin Miller were forced to quit their jobs to look after their son Tommi, who requires round the clock care. Tommi was previously thought to be receiving the highest level of Disability […]

With yet another report blaming food poverty on delays in benefit payments, George Osborne will likely be called on to take personal responsibility for his role in a rise in food poverty — after he acted to deliberately increase waiting times for desperate claimants. Ignoring warnings, the millionaire chancellor introduced the tough-looking measure at the 2013 Spending Review — after which […]

Can the DWP get anything right? With Universal Credit now delayed by two more years to 2019, it turns out that Iain Duncan Smith’s department can’t even answer basic questions about the scheme within a reasonable timescale: “The Department for Work and Pensions has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the […]

A former confidant of Iain Duncan Smith has dramatically turned on him over Universal Credit, making claims in a radio interview that completely undermine not only press briefings on the botched project — but statements by the cabinet minister to parliament. Stephen Brien is credited as being the ‘architect’ of Universal Credit. Having developed the policy while working at […]

A woman with cerebral palsy and a weak bladder was forced to wet herself in the middle of a packed Jobcentre — because the facility does not have a disabled toilet and staff refused to use their discretion to allow her to use restricted on-site facilities. Rebecca Weston told the Wimbledon Guardian how she pleaded with an adviser at the facility […]

Suffice it to say that DWP are cock-a-hoop with the latest employment stats — turning the @dwppressoffice Twitter into a blizzard of pre-prepared infographics. But there was another set of figures released today which they seem less keen on highlighting: Universal Credit. To August 2014 they’ve had 13,260 starters on the new benefit — a mere 986,740 behind their […]

Labour’s urgent question on Tory ministers’ grossly misleading Universal Credit claims set the scene for fiery Commons exchanges — with Speaker Bercow reprimanding shadow minister Chris Bryant (1:57 above) for effectively calling the DWP team liars: “There has been so much beating about the bush that it is beginning to feel that this house has been misled […]