January 2018 Blog Posts (4)

Christmas ambulance delays led to 40 patients dying or being seriously harmed, says whistleblower - The independent

Serious cases could affect as many as 80 patients according to ambulance trust source, after MPs warn delays caused 20 deaths

Forty people are thought to have died or been seriously injured as a result of lengthy delays at one ambulance trust which meant patients were left waiting hours for emergency responders, a whistleblower has said.

On Wednesday, Labour MP for Norwich South Clive Lewis told the House of Commons that a…


Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:40 — No Comments

After Carillion we have the chance to build a better country - The Guardian

The behemoth’s collapse should shatter taboos about borrowing and could herald a new era of public investment

Carillion cranes in Manchester

Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the…


Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 20, 2018 at 11:17 — No Comments

Esther McVey becomes DWP minister: Four alarming statements she's made about people on benefits - The Independent

Former TV presenter has said use of food banks is 'right' and benefit sanctions 'teach' job seekers to look for work seriously.

Esther McVey's appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary has been met with a backlash from MPs and campaigners over previous comments she has made in the past about benefit claimants.

The former TV…


Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:10 — No Comments

A million callers to universal credit helpline get no answer - The Times

Universal credit was also at the centre of controversy when users were charged 55p a minute to use the helpline

More than a million calls to a helpline for the government’s universal credit benefit scheme were abandoned without being answered, new figures have shown.

A Labour MP suggested that many claimants were giving up and going without the means-tested welfare payments because staff were unable to cope with the volume of calls.

Almost one in eight calls to the helpline ended without the caller receiving an answer. Some claimants may have called several…


Added by Joanne Beaumont on January 10, 2018 at 13:07 — No Comments

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