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TOPIC: Damning DWP figures reveal a perfect storm for half a million claimants

Damning DWP figures reveal a perfect storm for half a million claimants 19 Sep 2018 17:41 #10230

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Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that a whole group of women, already hit by one benefit reform, are now losing out on another vital welfare payment. But delve deeper, and DWP stats also show that some of these women are ending up worse off than others.
The DWP: cutting some more

As the government describes:

"If you were born on or before 5 November 1953 you could get between £100 and £300 to help you pay your heating bills. This is known as a ‘Winter Fuel Payment’."

Essentially, the DWP will give the winter fuel payment to most people over the age of 65 in receipt of a state pension or certain other benefits. But on Tuesday 18 September, the DWP released the figures for the number of people getting the payment in 2017/18. They show that since 2010/11, almost a million fewer people are getting it in Great Britain (some people can claim it abroad):

www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/09/19/damning-dwp-figures-reveal-a-perfect-storm-for-half-a-million-claimants/
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