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My reaction to the Trussell Trust report in relation to social security sanctions

The Trussell Trust report released today has revealed evidence from 130 foodbanks showing an increase in the effect of social security sanctioning. As a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee (W&PSC) I have been demanding that the Government set up a 2nd independent inquiry into the ‘appropriateness of sanctions’. Last November the W&PSC […]

‘Vulnerable people’ will be caught up in Universal Credit fiasco warns Oldham MP

In a report published on 9/4/14 the Work and Pensions Select Committee, which I am a member of, warns there remains worrying uncertainty about the hugely over-budget Universal Credit (UC) IT system and how vulnerable people will be supported to cope with the changes it brings. The questions the government seem unable to answer around the […]


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