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Inflation to Hit Benefit Claimants Hard.

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Higher inflation rise will cost poor families extra £100 a year, warns IFS.  Inflation rose to 1 per cent in September, the highest level in almost two years.  Zlata Rodionova The Independent.

TheGuardian.

Poor families hit as UK inflation rises to 1% – as it happened

Government’s freeze on in-work benefits means many families will suffer as the cost of living rises.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) states,

In the July 2015 Budget the Government announced that, as part of its attempt to cut annual social security spending by £12 billion, most working-age benefit and tax credit rates would be frozen in cash terms until March 2020.

This policy represented a significant takeaway from a large number of working age households. But it also represented a shifting of risk from the Government to benefit recipients. Previously, higher inflation was a risk to the public finances, increasing cash spending on benefits…

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Story Of A PIP Assessment: My Mother Suddenly Became My Aunt

Same Difference

Same Difference received the following by email yesterday from reader Philip Pines.

My assessment in January 2016 was undertaken by a nurse called Kathleen Maguire, and when I looked her up apart from nursing she had no other formal qualifications. I was accompanied to my assessment by a family member who witnessed all that happened during the assessment.

I was made aware that prior to the assessment the assessor will read the application made for claiming PIP and further evidence obtained from a GP or others involved in my claim. Note that the wording used is “obtained” not “provided”.

In my claim form i stated that due to blackouts and dizzy spells i was unable to cook using a conventional cooker due to previous accidents that made me fearful of further incidents. The response to this was 0 points, the reason given that I had normal grip in both hands…

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