Universal Credit & Christmas

21 Nov 17

This is terrible: thousands of people could be left penniless this Christmas, all because of an admin error with the benefit system called Universal Credit. It could mean families up and down the country going without the money they need to pay their rent or...

Universal Credit Update

4 Oct 17

Update: The government has confirmed that they won’t pause the roll-out of universal credit, the controversial scheme that’s supposed to give financial help to people struggling to get by. Last week, 38 Degrees members joined together with charities and MPs to demand a pause in...

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Changes to disability appeals: Petition hand in

24 Nov 16

Today, we handed in a 60,000-strong petition to the Ministry of Justice, asking them to keep disability appeals fair.  The government want to change the way disabled people can appeal rejections and claim their benefits. The main change is holding the appeals over the telephone,...

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Disabled people deserve fair disability appeals

23 Nov 16

The government might be making it harder for disabled people to get the benefits they rely on. They want to stop people who’ve been wrongly told they’re well enough to work from appealing to doctors and judges in person. [1] Instead, their cases could be...

Update on Universal Credit

23 Nov 16

This afternoon, the government announced it will reverse some of the cuts to Universal Credit – the support for families that don’t get paid enough to get by. Thousands of 38 degrees members, worried about the effect of the cuts on families who are already...

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Employment Support Allowance: Government forces through cuts

16 Mar 16

It’s bad news. Iain Duncan Smith’s finally got his way – forcing through cuts to support for people who face barriers to work due to illness or disability. Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is a lifeline: it pays to heat a cold home after cancer treatment, and...