The heavily criticised Universal Credit system will be shaken up in the new year, along with other changes to benefits. The Department for Work and Pensions' freeze on benefits will end in April 2020, as previously revealed, and according to The Mirror payments will rise next year with the increase based upon September's inflation figures of 1.7 per cent. Universal Credit is one of the benefits rising, along with legacy benefits for working-age people.
OPINION: Universal health coverage (UHC) has gained momentum across the globe in recent years, especially after the United Nations began promoting it as one of its health targets under the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030. (...) In Thailand, a UHC scheme was introduced in 2002 under the Thaksin Shinawatra government. Initially named the 30-baht universal healthcare scheme, it is funded by tax revenue and provides coverage to over 48 million people regardless of their financial circumstances.
BLOG: In 1983, facing the pending depletion of the Social Security Trust Fund, Congress boosted the age at which future recipients would be eligible for full Security benefits. Those aged 45 at the time would see a two-month increase, to 65 years and 2 months, and each subsequent year of birth resulted in an additional 2 month increase. Those aged 29 to 40 would see a full year increase.
In recent years, the use of cash and voucher assistance in humanitarian action has increased dramatically. Cash Week 2019 will provide a space to reflect, learn, and look ahead, to ensure quality in our use of CVA at scale. Bringing together cash actors and specialists from relevant fields, this series of events is designed to share developments in programme quality, understand the current blockages, and agree together how we will build this learning into our planning for the future.
Increased funding, changes to commissioning and investing in the workforce could help overhaul a system at breaking point. All eyes are on the NHS this election, with all the main parties promising big funding increases to support it. But what about the social care system, which is also in crisis?
After the last election, government promises to reform and transform social care were significantly watered down. But this is a problem we have to fix, as Britain’s ageing population puts more pressure on a creaking system. So what solutions would we like to see parties adopt?
SOLIDAR’s Social Rights Monitor 2019 provides an insight into the state of social rights in 16 European countries: 15 from the European Union – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom – and one candidate country, Serbia.
With a properly funded system, the Care Act could be the already-in-place legislation that many seeking change have been asking for. When the Care Act was passed, my predecessor as president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) hailed it as the most important legislation for the care and support of adults for 60 years. David Pearson was not wrong, but today we must acknowledge that the act has yet to live up to its potential.
OPINION: Social security payments have hit their lowest level since the launch of the welfare state, excluding millions from mainstream society and fuelling food bank use, according to research.