6 Jan 2013

2013: The Year of Benefits Battles


2013 looks like being the year when benefits really start to bite. Locally we are about to see big changes to housing and council tax benefits. Nationally the government's benefits crackdown looks set to affect millions of households.

Despite what we're told, these are not simply 'skivers'. According to a report just out from the Children's Society, half a million key workers will be affected, including soldiers, nurses and teachers.
We've already begun to see sweeping changes to disability benefits, affecting some of the most vulnerable people in the country.

Here's a list of some shocking stories on this issue, compiled by a contributor to the Guardian's news pages:

Benefit bureaucrats Atos killed my father, says 13-year-old boy - link

Blinded, half-paralysed man dies day after Atos stop his benefits - link

A CYSTIC fibrosis sufferer ­recovering from a double lung transplant has had her benefits cut by 85 per cent - link

DAVID Cameron has been urged to look again at disability benefit changes after a Northumberland man committed suicide when told he would lose all support - link

Get ready for work: what woman who needs constant care was told - link

Atos Disability Benefits Row: Epileptic Colin Traynor's Death Blamed On Stress Of Being Found 'Fit For Work - link

Man with terminal brain cancer told he's 'fit for work' - link

Ex-RAF serviceman from Lincoln kept alive by portable machine has benefits stopped - link

Atos scandal: Benefits bosses admit over half of people ruled fit to work ended up destitute - link

New GP survey shows Government welfare test is pushing vulnerable people to the brink - link

MSPs hear UK welfare reforms 'force blind man to beg' - link

Birmingham dad dies of heart condition after being ruled 'fit for work' - link

Benefits appeal woman Cecilia Burns from Strabane has died - link

Fury as Tory welfare police order kidney dialysis patient Paul Mickleburgh back to work - link

Demand for fairer benefits tests as two die - link


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