They call it ‘Alcatraz’. In her book Big Capital, Anna Minton recounts meeting Beverley Robinson, one of the last remaining occupants of a part of Southwark’s Aylesbury housing estate that is nicknamed after the notorious prison. She had spent years fighting the council as they tried to buy her home at a knockdown price so… Read More Britain must rid itself of its sociopath class
Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track.… Read More DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays
Hospital wards shut due to nursing shortages, and an ambulance service paying £1m a month to get others to attend calls…… Read More Hospital wards shutting due to nursing shortages – the NHS this week
More evidence has emerged that the government’s system for managing disability benefit appeals is failing, despite claims by the DWP that it is getting decisions right first time.… Read More Mandatory Reconsiderations – more evidence the DWP’s system is failing?
A health shake-up across Southampton could see the number of GP practices in the city slashed by more than two thirds to just 10… plus the rest of the news from the NHS this week.… Read More The city that could be cut to just ten GP clinics – the NHS this week
The success rate of challenges to the results of disability benefit assessments has fallen dramatically since a new system was introduced in 2013, new figures show.… Read More Sharp collapse in success rate of disability benefit challenges
Yesterday, I spent god knows how long on the phone to the DWP, having the most ridiculous conversation that I (and probably anyone) has ever had with them… Read More Sanctioned while waiting to be sanctioned