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- Universal credit fears revealed through Citizens Advice survey. Guardian. Survey conducted by charity suggests 90% of benefit claimants will be unprepared for new single payment benefits scheme.
- Homeless households ‘off the radar’ of public services. Guardian. Hundreds of families are being moved out of London into Bed &Breakfast places around England without access to child protection or schools, a Guardian investigation reveals.
- Huge rise in use of food banks since welfare changes, says aid body. Guardian. Trust’s findings challenge government’s insistence there is no link between social security changes and rise in food bank use.
- ‘Bedroom tax’ puts burden on disabled people. Guardian. Nine in 10 disabled people are being forced to cut back on food or paying household bills after being refused emergency housing payments to help them pay the “bedroom tax”, research has found.
- Carers facing debt and eviction because of bedroom tax – study. Guardian. Carers UK says cash promised by ministers to help vulnerable carers does not meet demand.
- Benefit cap: is it persuading more people to get a job? Guardian. The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith says he believes the cap is working. But the polling on which he based his assertion offers no clear evidence that it has had any effect.
- Welfare cuts: rich pickings ahead for the loan sharks. Guardian. The shift to “cashless” local crisis welfare provision has turned social security entitlements into food bank handouts, and will push low income families to high credit lenders, a study finds.
- Homelessness data: notes and definitions. data.gov.uk
- Work capability assessments decision follows years of criticism. Guardian. Campaigners have been trying for years to persuade the government that the system for assessing eligibility for sickness benefit is profoundly flawed.
- The rise and rise of austerity blogs. Guardian. More and more blogs springing up to chronicle people’s downshifted lifestyles – although, ironically, for one person it has led to a lucrative publishing contract.
- The perils of perception. Tackling the divide between public views and the evidence. Royal Statistical society. Teenage pregnancy, crime, job seekers allowance, benefit fraud, foreign aid, religion, immigration to name a few.
- A girl called Jack The blog by single mother Jack Monroe. Jack was invited to the G8 summit (reported in the Independent, below).
- G8 summit: ‘World leaders feasted, while kids went hungry to bed‘ Independent.
Being invited to the G8 summit was a surreal point in the career of a single mum turned breadline blogger turned accidental activist.