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Social Security Health Assessments System has Contributed to the Deaths of Claimants

The cross party Work and Pensions Select Committee responsible for scrutinising the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) policies, has published a damning report on the Government’s health assessments system which is used to screen whether sick and disabled people should have access to vital social security payments. These payments provide financial support to a […]

Labour Will Get People Back Into Work

Data released by the House of Commons Library shows there were 770 people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment support in March 2023, across the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, that is 9% of the local population, almost double the UK rate of 4.8%. Across all age groups there were 4,295 actual claimants across the constituency in […]

Government Benefit Cap Pushes 700 Local Children into ‘Deeper Poverty’

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has highlighted new data – obtained by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – which reveals that 700 children in her constituency live in households that are adversely affected by the Government’s benefit cap. Debbie said: “This data, obtained via a freedom of information request by CPAG, reveals that […]

Oldham MP Calls for the Government to ‘Guarantee Our Essentials’

Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, Debbie Abrahams is calling on the Government to reform the Universal Credit system to ensure that everyone can afford essentials during the cost of living crisis. The MP, who is a member of the work and pensions select committee, said: “Losing your job, needing to care for a sick family […]

My Letter to the Chancellor

Dear Chancellor, I am writing to you regarding the forthcoming Autumn Statement. As our new Chancellor, you made a commitment to compassion in your fiscal decision-making. As co-Chair of the APPG for Compassionate Politics and Chair of the APPG on Dementia, I would like you to consider disabled people, including those living with dementia, in […]

Deaths of Disabled Social Security Claimants

The deaths of vulnerable disabled social security claimants are, in my view, a damning indictment on successive Governments. If the key purpose of all Governments is to keep its citizens safe, one has to ask why have they failed so miserably to protect some of the most vulnerable citizens in the UK? We know that […]

Human Rights Watchdog Slams DWP Treatment of Vulnerable Social Security Claimants

I welcome the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s announcement that they are issuing a section 23 notice against the Government’s Department for Work and Pensions. This follows the EHRC finding that the Government was breaching the 2010 Equality Act by discriminating against disabled social security claimants including those with mental health conditions and other long […]

More Support is Needed for Children Living in Poverty

I am calling on the government to provide access to social security support for parents with children who are legally settled in the UK after five years. Currently families with ‘No Recourse to Public Funds’ (NRPF) but who are entitled to settle in the UK are relying on charity to feed and house their children […]

The Government is Failing to Help Unemployed People

Data released by the House of Commons Library shows there were 845 people aged 18-24 claiming unemployment support in March 2022, across the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, 9.8% of the local population compared to the UK rate of 4.9%. Across all age groups there were 4,785 actual claimants across the constituency in March 2022, […]

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