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Our welfare and benefits team regularly write about related legal topics and breaking news, we welcome your comments on our posts. If you would like more information on our services, please don't hesitate to get in touch on 0175 321 6399.

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Help with winter heating bills

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As the cold snap arrives many will faced with the mounting energy costs. For many, winter can be a difficult and costly time of the year.  However, the good news is that there is help available especially to those who are elderly, vulnerable or on low...

'Councils underfunding care' warns industry body

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The Home Care Association (UKHCA) has published new data revealing that nine out of ten councils in the UK are underfunding the care of old and disabled people living in their own homes. The professional body for home carers has found that councils on...

The Budget 2015: what does it mean for our welfare system?

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On 8 th July, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the Summer Budget. Popular measures included a national living wage of £7.20 per hour and an increase in the tax-free personal allowance to £11,000 from next April. It would appear, in the words...

PIP delays branded a 'fiasco'

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Delays in the processing of claims for Personal Independence Payments have been labelled a ‘fiasco’ by Labour MP Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee. The benefit is designed to enable disabled people to live as independently...

Universal Credit to be rolled out further across the North West from June 2014

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The Department for Work and Pensions have announced that Universal Credit will be rolled out across several local authorities in the North West. In a press release issued this week, the Department stated that “from June more jobcentres across the...

The foodbank debate

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I have read an interesting article recently on the BBC website that simply said that an ‘affordable healthy diet is too expensive for people.’ I would agree as this comes at a time when the country is in the midst of the greatest reforms to the...

Goodbye Atos

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Atos Healthcare has announced that they are to end their contract with the Government early. The organisation is currently responsible for conducting work capability assessments in order to determine whether claimants are ‘fit to work’. The...