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Why prosecutions for welfare fraud have declined in Australia

Between 2009-10 and 2016-17, the number of social security fraud prosecutions in Australia fell by 80% as a proportion of Centrelink’s customer base.

Letter calls on GP body to denounce DWP’s ‘fit for work...

More than 90 campaigners and concerned health professionals have sent a joint letter to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), asking the organisation to distance itself from the latest move by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

DPAC’s protest is fresh call for action to disabled people

Disabled activists are hoping their latest protest in the heart of Westminster will empower other disabled people to follow their lead and fight the government’s social security cuts and reforms.

DWP ignores freedom of information laws in bid to hide universal...

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has breached freedom of information laws by refusing to explain how its new universal credit system of working-age benefits will affect disabled people.

The PIP Files: DWP documents show ‘absolutely shocking’ failure on further...

Outsourcing companies have been failing to request vital evidence from GPs and social workers that would help disabled people secure the benefits they are entitled to.

Rule change leads to plunge in successful disability pension claims

Government has significantly tightened up on the DSP eligibility rules resulting in vastly fewer successful claims.

Government to ‘revolutionise’ approach to welfare spending

The Coalition has a plan to end welfare-dependency among at-risk groups.

DWP hides impact of changes to ESA guidance that risked lives

The government appears to be trying to hide information that could show the impact of major changes to “fitness for work” guidance that risked the lives of thousands of disabled benefit claimants.

Eight years of benefit cuts will cost some disabled lone parents

Some disabled lone parents will eventually lose more than 30 per cent of their income – more than £11,000 a year – as a result of eight years of government social security cuts, according to new research for the equality watchdog.

Disabled solicitor launches ground-breaking legal case over PIP discrimination

He believes, like many other disabled campaigners, that the system uses people without the right training and qualifications to assess PIP claims.

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