UK carers face fines and fraud charges because of overpaid benefit – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in benefits, carers, fraud, news, prosecutions by sally

‘More than a thousand carers face being prosecuted for fraud as the government attempts to claw back overpayments to people who have been looking after sick and elderly relatives from the poorest communities, the Guardian has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Supreme Court rules in favour of unmarried mother in benefits case – Family Law

‘The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Siobhan McLaughlin, an unmarried mother of four from County Antrim, gaining access to Widowed Parent’s Allowance following her partner’s death in 2014.’

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Family Law, 31st August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Don’t release prisoners on Fridays, says Nacro charity – BBC News

Posted August 24th, 2018 in benefits, medical treatment, news, prisons by sally

‘Prisoners should stop being released on Fridays because it can prove hard for them to access benefits, medication and assistance, campaigners have said.’

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BBC News, 24th August 2018

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Lettings Agents are Discriminating Against Housing Benefit Tenants, says Shelter – Rights Info

Posted August 23rd, 2018 in benefits, equality, housing, landlord & tenant, news, reports, social security by sally

‘An investigation by Shelter has found many letting agents are refusing to rent to tenants who receive housing benefits.’

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Rights Info, 22nd August 2018

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“No DSS”: Can landlords and letting agents lawfully bar benefits tenants? – Employment and Discrimination Blog

Posted August 7th, 2018 in benefits, housing, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘Private landlords and letting agents frequently advertise their properties stating that they will not rent to housing benefit tenants (for some outdated reason, still often referred to as “DSS” tenants).’

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Employment and Discrimination Blog, 25th July 2018

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Group jailed for 47 years after £450,000 maternity payment scam – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted July 19th, 2018 in benefits, conspiracy, fraud, press releases, sentencing, social security by tracey

‘Twelve people who plotted to claim more than £450,000 in maternity payments for babies which did not exist have been jailed for 47 years today (18 July). The defendants, who included members of the same family and their partners and friends, made at least 158 fraudulent applications for maternity allowance over the course of 52 months.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 18th July 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Government policy forced 190 women to prove they were raped in order to get child benefits, figures show – The Independent

Posted June 29th, 2018 in benefits, children, disclosure, news, rape, tax credits by tracey

‘Scores of women have been forced to prove they were raped in order to get benefits under a new government policy, official figures show. In total, 190 women had to prove their child was conceived as a result of rape in order to receive financial support in the year after the two-child policy was introduced in April 2017.’

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The Independent, 28th June 2018

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Government’s universal credit roll-out is unlawfully discriminating against disabled people, High Court rules – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2018 in benefits, disability discrimination, news by tracey

‘In a landmark judgment, the court ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) unlawfully discriminated against two severely disabled men who both saw their benefits dramatically reduced when they claimed universal credit.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2018

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Supreme Court to hear NI woman’s widow benefit case – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2018 in benefits, news, Northern Ireland, Supreme Court, widows by sally

‘An unmarried mother from Northern Ireland who is fighting for access to a widowed parent’s allowance is to have her case heard by the Supreme Court.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2018

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Bedroom Tax – the powers of the Tribunal and a sufficient chest of drawers – Nearly Legal

Posted April 16th, 2018 in benefits, housing, news by tracey

‘Two bedroom tax related decisions.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th April 2018

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Benefits fraudster ordered to pay back £190,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 9th, 2018 in benefits, fraud, press releases, proceeds of crime, repayment by tracey

‘A woman who was jailed for making false benefit claims – including lying that she needed 24-hour care – has been ordered to pay back £189,725 to the taxpayer.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 6th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

New homelessness act fails to address root causes, charities say – The Guardian

Posted April 4th, 2018 in benefits, budgets, homelessness, housing, legislation, local government, news by sally

‘Spiralling rents, welfare reforms and council funding cuts will undermine the impact of the most significant new homelessness legislation for 40 years, charities have said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2018

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Government wins High Court appeal against ruling benefit cap unlawfully discriminates – The Independent

Posted March 16th, 2018 in appeals, benefits, children, housing, human rights, judicial review, news by tracey

‘The Government has won a Court of Appeal challenge against a ruling that its controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two.
It follows a High Court ruling last year which found that the benefit cap, which limits the income households receive in certain benefits, unlawfully discriminates against single parents with very young children.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

The Landmark Legal Challenge to Universal Credit System Explained – Rightsinfo

Posted February 12th, 2018 in benefits, disabled persons, judicial review, news, social security by tracey

‘A controversial new social security benefit, currently being rolled out across the UK, is facing a major legal challenge. But what’s the challenge all about and what impact might it have?’

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Rightsinfo, 8th February 2018

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Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted February 5th, 2018 in benefits, disabled persons, health, news, social security by sally

‘A terminally ill man has won the right to launch a landmark legal challenge to the government over its introduction of universal credit after the controversial new benefits system left him significantly worse off.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2018

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‘Quadriplegic’ fraudster who claimed over £500,000 in benefits caught pushing wheelchair-bound wife around – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 1st, 2018 in benefits, carers, disabled persons, fraud, news, social security by tracey

‘A benefits cheat who claimed he had no use of his arms and legs conned the authorities for 15 years – until he was spotted walking around town pushing his wheelchair-bound wife.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2018

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‘Someone has to make a stand’: widow’s battle for cohabiting couples – The Guardian

‘Siobhan McLaughlin’s case goes before supreme court as pressure grows to end legal inequality.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2018

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The Bedworth bedroom conundrum – Nearly Legal

Posted January 4th, 2018 in benefits, housing, local government, news, regulations, social security by sally

‘A very interesting (and perhaps surprising) Upper Tribunal 3 judge decision on the issue of ‘what is a bedroom’ for the purposes of Housing Benefit Reg 13 – the bedroom tax.’

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Nearly Legal, 31st December 2017

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Businessman jailed for tax evasion and benefit fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 5th, 2017 in benefits, fraud, press releases, sentencing, social security, tax evasion by tracey

‘A bar and garage owner who fraudulently avoided more than £340,000 in tax and national insurance by failing to register the premises has been jailed for four years.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th December 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Keir Starmer: make funding for women’s refuges mandatory – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2017 in benefits, domestic violence, housing, news, social security, social services, victims, women by sally

‘Keir Starmer, the shadow cabinet member and former chief prosecutor, has called for mandatory funding for refuges amid criticism over a shake-up of funding for women’s services.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com