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The Independent Coronavirus: Hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants facing delays as DWP staff diverted due to pandemic https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-disability-benefit-delays-dwp-appeals-a9505951.html  Ella Abraham and Client Jim Widdowson comment on the huge delay in PIP assessements 09.05.20
Express Universal Credit UK: Mum-of-three on PIP and ESA reveals fears in coronavirus crisis https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1278152/universal-credit-pip-uk-claim-esa-dwp-rates  #IncreaseDisabilityBenefits 07.05.20
enable magazine 100 disability charities unite to demand increase to all out of work benefits http://enablemagazine.co.uk/100-disability-charities-unite-to-demand-increase-to-all-out-of-work-benefits/?fbclid=IwAR0szBaBcOs4fhAPTImlHL6zLQ8SN-4iPWFy3rjTlwNDwlq2FYXBg8oyFm8 #IncreaseDisabilityBenefits 28.04.20
The Irish News Covid-19 is pushing asylum seekers further into abject poverty https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/04/27/news/covid-19-is-pushing-asylum-seekers-further-into-abject-poverty-1916374/ #IncreaseDisabilityBenefits 27.04.20
The Mirror DWP accused of ‘discriminating’ against disabled people in coronavirus pandemic https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-accused-discriminating-against-disabled-21933803  #IncreaseDisabilityBenefits 27.04.20
The Mirror Anger as coronavirus DWP benefit rise skips out millions of families https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/anger-coronavirus-benefit-rise-skips-21792756 Marc Francis comment on the fact that 2 million people who are still on ‘legacy’ benefits miss out on the COVID19 boost to Universal Credit 01.04.20
The Guardian Benefit changes leave disabled people facing poverty, charities warn https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/30/benefit-changes-leave-disabled-people-facing-poverty-uk-charities-warn-coronavirus?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) wrote a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, highlighting disabled and seriously unwell people could be among those most at risk during the crisis 30.03.20
The Morning Star ‘Benefits need reform to save at-risk groups’ https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/benefits-need-reform-to-save-at-risk-groups The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) wrote a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, highlighting disabled and seriously unwell people could be among those most at risk during the crisis 30.03.20
The Mirror Coronavirus: Suspend the benefit cap during crisis to protect disabled people, charities ask https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/coronavirus-suspend-benefit-cap-during-21774785 The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) wrote a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, highlighting disabled and seriously unwell people could be among those most at risk during the crisis 30.03.20
The Independent Coronavirus: Benefits system ‘needs immediate changes’ to support disabled people during pandemic https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-benefits-disabled-universal-credit-covid-19-a9432461.html The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) wrote a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, highlighting disabled and seriously unwell people could be among those most at risk during the crisis 30.03.20
Somerset Live Coronavirus UK: Call for changes to benefits system to support disabled people during COVID-19 crisis https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/coronavirus-uk-call-changes-benefits-3997242 The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) wrote a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, highlighting disabled and seriously unwell people could be among those most at risk during the crisis 30.03.20
Chronicle Live The changes to the benefits system being requested to help disabled people during coronavirus https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/uk-news/changes-benefits-system-being-requested-18004087 The Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) wrote a letter to Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, highlighting disabled and seriously unwell people could be among those most at risk during the crisis 30.03.20
The Mirror Coronavirus could leave thousands ‘stuck’ without DWP disabled benefit https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/coronavirus-could-leave-thousands-stuck-21712743 work and select committee evidence about UC and coronavirus and disability benefit assessments 18.03.20
The Independent Tens of thousands of unwell people could be left without benefits for ‘months on end’ due to coronavirus, campaigners warn https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-benefits-dwp-disabled-sick-esa-pip-a9409046.html work and select committee evidence about UC and coronavirus and disability benefit assessments 18.03.20
Talk Radio Commenting on Guardian article titled: Universal credit linked to rise in psychological stress among unemployed claimants, study finds https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/feb/27/universal-credit-linked-psychological-stress-increase-study-benefits-uk?CMP=share_btn_tw  Universal Credit 28.02.20
inews House of Lords daily allowance: How the pay rise for peers compares to Universal Credit https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/hosue-of-lords-daily-allowance-pay-rise-universal-credit-comparison-1556106 Comment on ending the benefits freeze and universal credit 12.02.20
Liverpool Echo BBC Inside The Welfare State: Why Liverpool staff refused to take part https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/bbc-inside-welfare-state-liverpool-17689213  StopMisleading campaign 12.02.20
Trust for London “We are becoming a sector of housing experts”: How problems with housing cuts across other social issues people are facubf https://www.trustforlondon.org.uk/news/we-are-becoming-a-sector-of-housing-experts/ London Housing Panel 09.12.19
Morrison Foerster Morrison & Foerster’s London Office Wins 2019 LawWorks Pro Bono Award https://www.mofo.com/resources/news/191204-london-wins-pro-bono-award.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social Tribunal project 04.12.19
Morrison Foerster pro bono magazine MOFO TEAMS UP WITH Z2K TO TACKLE A BROKEN SOCIAL SECURITY AND WELFARE BENEFITS SYSTEM IN THE UK. https://media2.mofo.com/documents/191018-moprobono-fall-2019.pdf Tribunal project 04.12.19
The Mirror DWP: 650,000 disability benefit claimants have their money cut under new system https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-650000-disability-benefit-claimants-21107459 PIP and ESA Stats 6.11.19
The canary Universal Credit ads banned for misleading public https://www.thecanary.co/uk/news/2019/11/06/universal-credit-ads-banned-for-misleading-public/ StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
BBC Universal credit adverts banned as ‘misleading’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-50304322 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
The Mirror DWP’s £225,000 Universal Credit spin campaign ruled misleading by watchdog https://www.mirror.co.uk/…/dwps-225000-universal-credit-spi… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
The Guardian (article) Watchdog bans DWP’s ‘misleading’ universal credit adverts https://www.theguardian.com/…/dwp-misleading-universal-cred… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Sky Government adverts banned for ‘misleading’ claims about universal credit https://news.sky.com/…/government-adverts-banned-for-mislea… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Manchester Evening News Government’s Universal Credit adverts banned for being misleading https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/…/universal-credit-… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
The Mirror Universal Credit adverts ‘to set the record straight’ banned for misleading public https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/universal-credit-adverts-banned-misleading-20818557 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
The Guardian (opinion piece) Now we have proof: the government used your money to lie about poor people – Aditya Chakrabortty https://www.theguardian.com/…/government-universal-credit-d… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
The Independent Dangerous’ government advert for universal credit ruled misleading by watchdog https://www.independent.co.uk/…/universal-credit-dwp-advert… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Huffington Post Universal Credit Ads Claiming To Burst ‘Myths’ Banned By Watchdog https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/regulator-bans-misleading-government-universal-credit-ads_uk_5dc1e526e4b08b735d617a0c?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90LmNvL2ZzUWEyWFFyam4_YW1wPTE&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFGges2l2-vHyrr5phuIapDIkHqZ8DCtgDcFD66Y6h6sG7FQlpaIyNhyU8Qv-g97-NhHuwHnWFizpWgn_yw8CVPx6cunyuQKgVMoUP2cffp3M5XCriU8qQePUMWXlAmuQGRN7qA8vYeE-3GYfNp_Z4z6-tvEtcNJvA1bthxnUkqD&fbclid=IwAR1wdkyEhkB0UuKbF4GremJY2BnKghfE93w6fKOQ351B4qD1s8gPxyaFGGo StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Evening Standard Government Universal Credit adverts banned for misleading public https://www.standard.co.uk/…/government-universal-credit-ad… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
iNews Universal Credit: Misleading DWP adverts aimed at dispelling myths about the benefit banned by ASA https://inews.co.uk/…/universal-credit-dwp-adverts-benefit-… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
The Sun YOU’VE BEEN AD Universal Credit ads claiming new benefit system ‘works’ are banned for being ‘misleading’ https://www.thesun.co.uk/…/universal-credit-myth-busting-a…/ StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Liverpool Echo DWP is slapped down over ‘misleading’ adverts telling everyone Universal Credit is great https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/…/dwp-slapped-down-over-mis… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Express Universal Credit: Government adverts banned by watchdog over ‘misleading’ claims https://www.express.co.uk/…/universal-credit-uk-adverts-cla… StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Money Saving Expert Government’s universal credit ads banned https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2019/11/-misleading–universal-credit-newspaper-ads-banned/ StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Big Issue The DWP’s Universal Credit ads have been ruled as “misleading” https://www.bigissue.com/latest/the-dwps-universal-credit-ads-have-been-ruled-as-misleading/ StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
The Guardian (letters piece) Untangling the lies told about universal credit https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/nov/08/untangling-the-lies-told-about-universal-credit StopMisleading campaign 8.11.19
Scottish Housing News ‘Myth-busting’ Universal Credit adverts banned for misleading public https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/myth-busting-universal-credit-adverts-banned-for-misleading-public StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Yahoo UK government ads banned for ‘misleading’ public over universal credit https://uk.movies.yahoo.com/universal-credit-benefit-how-works-myth-ads-government-uk-misleading-000128229.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9uZXdzLmdvb2dsZS5jb20v&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAEIoE1PhLtvNT7PgOjUMoY8ak0WPGAexjH2bkHe3FNxlPVTODgUMcNTG87c3A-8qGn2kakRUE3EW1bQhzX1LJN3vJjqtRwdbWLdQPar4ogzjvZj_kOMbwjiOnPmV6ZLIEoliS9mBeBUusCKTrZsHWDLv-jYNge30fCNwAl3pL-p5 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Birmingham Live Controversial Universal Credit adverts banned after protests https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/controversial-universal-credit-adverts-banned-17202955 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Politics Home DWP rapped by watchdog over ‘misleading’ Universal Credit adverts https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/social-affairs/welfare/news/107812/dwp-rapped-watchdog-over-misleading-universal-credit StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Berkshire Live Government’s universal credit ads slammed and banned by advertising watchdog https://www.getreading.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/governments-universal-credit-ads-slammed-17205793 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Premier Christian campaign group welcomes ban of ‘misleading’ Universal Credit ads https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Christian-campaign-group-welcomes-ban-of-misleading-Universal-Credit-ads StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Birmingham Live Campaigners demand full investigation into DWP after misleading Universal Credit ads https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/campaigners-demand-investigation-dwp-after-17207235 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Derbyshire Live Advertising watchdog bans government benefits ads that did not ‘accurately reflect the evidence’ https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/advertising-watchdog-bans-government-benefits-3504989 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Channel 4 news (Raji spoke) Government Universal Credit adverts banned by watchdog https://www.channel4.com/news/government-universal-credit-adverts-banned-by-watchdog StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Chronicle Live Advert which claimed it was a myth that Universal Credit doesn’t work banned for being ‘misleading’ https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/advert-claimed-myth-universal-credit-17208344 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Inside Housing Watchdog bans government’s Universal Credit adverts for being ‘misleading’ https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/watchdog-bans-governments-universal-credit-adverts-for-being-misleading-64035 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Mortgage Solutions The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) regarding a series of adverts about Universal Credit including one about direct payments to landlords. https://www.mortgagesolutions.co.uk/news/2019/11/06/dwp-rapped-by-watchdog-over-landlord-payment-claims/ StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Daily Record DWP Universal Credit ads banned for misleading public https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/dwp-universal-credit-ads-banned-20823985 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Wales Online Government’s universal credit ads slammed and banned by advertising watchdog https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/governments-universal-credit-ads-slammed-17205793 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Express & Star Universal Credit ads banned for misleading public https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2019/11/06/universal-credit-ads-banned-for-misleading-public/ StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
ITV news Government’s Universal Credit adverts banned for ‘misleading’ public https://www.itv.com/news/2019-11-06/universal-credit-ads-banned-for-misleading-public/ StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Hull Live Advertising watchdog bans government benefits ads that did not ‘accurately reflect the evidence’ https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/advertising-watchdog-bans-government-benefits-3504989 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Newsnight Featured https://twitter.com/BBCNewsnight/status/1192215699852148741 StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
BBC Radio 4 (You and yours) Featured StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
BBC Radio 5 Featured StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Talk Radio Featured StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
Bradford Community Broadcasting Featured StopMisleading campaign 6.11.19
24Housing Government Legal Department was consulted over ‘misleading’ DWP ads https://www.24housing.co.uk/news/government-legal-department-was-consulted-over-misleading-dwp-ads/ StopMisleading campaign 21.10.19
The Negotiator Nationwide foundation to spend over £800,000 funding tenants’ unions https://thenegotiator.co.uk/a-stronger-voice-for-private-tenants-union/ Nationwide funding 12.07.19
Pulse Revised benefits letter still ‘misleading’ GPs about issuing fit notes http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/all-news/revised-benefits-letter-still-misleading-gps-about-issuing-fit-notes/20039024.article ScraptheLetters campaign 17.07.19
Mirror DWP finally scraps ‘misleading’ fit-for-work letters to GPs – but faces new row https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-finally-scraps-misleading-fit-17491626 ScraptheLetters campaign 08.07.19
Mirror DWP: Advertising watchdog launches investigation into Universal Credit adverts https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/breaking-advertising-watchdog-launches-investigation-17478414 Original complaint 05.07.19
Inside Housing Universal Credit: charity launches complaint over DWP ad campaign https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/news/universal-credit-charity-launches-complaint-over-dwp-ad-campaign-61661 Original complaint 30.05.19
The Guardian Grenfell and the long wait for a tenants’ watchdog https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/28/grenfell-and-the-long-wait-for-a-tenants-watchdog Grenfell 28.06.19
Channel 4 news (Raji spoke) https://www.dropbox.com/s/eahgt0r4r54gqgd/Raji%20Channel%204%20-%2030.05.19%20%28full%20clip%29.mp4?dl=0 Assessment process 30.05.19
24 Housing Mayor unveils new London Housing Panel https://www.24housing.co.uk/news/mayor-unveils-new-london-housing-panel/ London Housing Panel 30.05.19
Development Finance Sadiq Khan reveals new London Housing Panel https://developmentfinancetoday.co.uk/article-desc-7291_Sadiq%20Khan%20reveals%20new%20London%20Housing%20Panel London Housing Panel 31.05.19
Birmingham Live Universal Credit under attack as more than 80 charities unite against ‘dangerous’ adverts https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/universal-credit-adverts-attack-charities-16449906 Original complaint 19.06.19
Birmingham Live DWP’s Universal Credit adverts trigger official complaint from anti-poverty charity https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/universal-credit-adverts-complaint-asa-16350095 Original complaint 29.05.19
Liverpool Echo Official complaint made over DWP’s controversial Universal Credit adverts https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/official-complaint-made-over-dwps-16347183 Original complaint 29.05.19
Mirror Fury as DWP launches taxpayer-funded ‘spin’ campaign to defend Universal Credit https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/fury-dwp-launches-taxpayer-funded-16183343?utm_source=sharebar&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=sharebar Original complaint 22.05.19
Mirror DWP has sent 150,000 of the ‘fit for work’ letters that ‘risk patients’ health’ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-sent-150000-fit-work-14968771 ScraptheLetters campaign 29.04.19
The bmj Fit notes for benefit claimants: medical bodies “did not agree” advice to GPs https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1962 ScraptheLetters campaign 29.04.19
PublicSectorFocs A culture of disbelief: why our #Scraptheletters campaign is emblematic of a much wider problem http://flickread.com/edition/html/5cc7fcde6dc3f#28 ScraptheLetters campaign 21.04.19
Huffpost Doctors Tell DWP: We Didn’t Approve Wording Of ‘Misleading’ Benefits Letter https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dwp-esa65b-letter_uk_5cc49359e4b08e4e3482caad?guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly90LmNvL0FoSEtMcHdnMHM&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAHd-mdagbNPPn83bAEjtLhwOWZOni9SDJCj-wfbh1na-bpQNatVLWht3j9OyUYlviX78uVK52zmNP5xOD55PF7QyLtY5G-bhEEa78dAr6bbedN4QS5I5sVh5YbLY2_mq3KNfxGg_fQfRWT6o1vMgQfra2HOkDkA51r3uLGhtBxRX&guccounter=2 ScraptheLetters campaign 29.04.19
Morning Star Thousands tell Amber Rudd to #ScraptheLetters https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/thousands-tell-amber-rudd-to-scraptheletters ScraptheLetters campaign 23.03.19
The Guardian Scrap ‘misleading’ fit-for-work letter to GPs, says Labour https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/22/scrap-misleading-fit-for-work-letter-to-gps-says-labour-marsha-de-cordova ScraptheLetters campaign 22.03.19
The Guardian Misleading’ DWP letter causing ill and disabled people to lose benefits https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/18/misleading-dwp-letter-causing-ill-and-disabled-people-to-lose-benefits ScraptheLetters campaign 18.03.19
Mirror DWP accused of ‘interfering with GPs’ in letters declaring patients fit for work https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-accused-interfering-gps-letters-14152914 ScraptheLetters campaign 18.03.19
Huffpost Don’t Give Your Severely Ill Patients Sick Notes For Benefits, DWP Tells GPs https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/dwp-fit-for-work-letters_uk_5c90bbc7e4b0d50544ff8858?guccounter=1 ScraptheLetters campaign 19.03.19
Pulse Patients risk homelessness after DWP sends GPs misleading benefits letters http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/news/gp-topics/legal/patients-risk-homelessness-after-dwp-sends-gps-misleading-benefits-letters/20038405.article ScraptheLetters campaign 18.03.19
Mental Health Today “Backdoor policies” denying people with mental illnesses access to ESA https://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/news/government-policy/backdoor-policies-denying-people-with-mental-illnesses-access-to-esa ScraptheLetters campaign 18.03.19
Channel 4 news (Raji spoke) Welfare contract worth billions up for grabs https://www.channel4.com/news/welfare-contract-worth-billions-up-for-grabs Assessment process 12.03.19
Fabian Society A TIMELY LESSON https://fabians.org.uk/a-timely-lesson/ Social Security benefits 19.02.19
Huffpost Universal Credit: This Is What It’s Like Surviving On Benefits At A Time Of Huge Change In The System https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/universal-credit-surviving-on-benefits-under-welfare-reform_uk_5bbf3922e4b040bb4e7f82b8 Universal Credit 27.10.18
The Guardian Are you Daniel Blake? Here’s a guide to using our nightmarish benefits system https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/18/daniel-blake-guide-benefits-system-welfare-claimants Social Security benefits 18.11.16
Increasing Access – Allen & Overy pro bono magazine (10-15) The growing need for free legal advice http://www.allenovery.com/corporate-responsibility/Documents/Increasing%20Access%20Jun-Nov%202019%20-%20Issue%204.pdf Tribunal project June-Nov 2019 issue 04
Morrison Foerster MOFO LONDON PARTNERS WITH Z2K TO WIN MUCH NEEDED DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR CLIENTS https://together.mofo.com/pro-bono/mofo-london-partners-with-z2k-to-win-much-needed-disability-benefits-for-clients/ Tribunal project 18.12.18