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Issue No. 2368

Charities slam benefit tests

Leading charities branded government benefit tests an “unspeakable failure” this week.

Their research revealed that the hated tests find over 40 percent of unemployed people with severe long term disabilities “fit for work”.

Disabled People Against Cuts are launching a week of protests on Thursday of this week against government attacks on disabled people. It is set to mark the anniversary of the London Paralympic games.

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LGBT people face bigotry at work

Gay in Britain, a recent report by Stonewall, says a large majority of LGBT people in Britain still live in fear of discrimination.

It estimates that 20 percent of LGBT workers have experienced verbal bullying from colleagues, customers or service users in the past five years. One quarter said they were “not at all open” at work about their sexual orientation. 

Three-quarters would expect discrimination from the Tories if they stood as an MP, and more than a quarter would expect the same from the Lib Dems.

Child poverty worse than 1960s

child poverty in Britain is worse now than in the 1960s, according to a damning report by the National Children’s Bureau. 

It says 3.6 million children live in relative poverty today compared to 2 million in the similar Born to Fail report it published in 1969.

“Our society is sleepwalking to where poor children are destined to hardship by accident of birth,” said Dr Hilary Emery, the bureau’s chief executive.


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Tue 27 Aug 2013, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2368
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