The Real COVID-19 Death Toll

Official figures show the UK death toll from Covid-19 to be 40,496 as at 11th May, the Guardian reports – significantly higher than the figure of 33,186 deaths quoted at the UK Government briefing on 13th May.  The figures highlighted at the UK Government daily briefings are deliberately reduced by only including deaths where the…Read moreRead more

Disabled People & Social Care

In times of crisis the rights of disabled people are the first to be slashed, despite us being amongst the categories most in need of particular support in the coronavirus pandemic. The UK government’s emergency Coronavirus Act, according to Disability Rights UK, amounts to a suspension of the Care Act 2014 and of parts of…Read moreRead more

Workers Sacked Due to Coronavirus

Workers sacked due to coronavirus denied benefits by Universal Credit chaos – Fight Back! Newly sacked workers are experiencing a kick in the face as they try to claim benefits through the chaotic Universal Credit system.  New claimants told the TV news on 25 March they were on the phone for hours without getting any reply.  Universal Credit’s…Read moreRead more

Poverty in Edinburgh

The Poverty Alliance briefing for the Edinburgh Poverty Commission. If you know anything about poverty in Edinburgh – or anywhere else in Britain – this report won’t come as a surprise. Whether the local council here in Edinburgh or any other authorities will take more than token steps to address the points raised is another…Read moreRead more

Up Against the DWP

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty organises 3 or 4 advocacy stalls every month outside Jobcentres to give solidarity to claimants. Recently we have met several claimants who were ill and had been through the benefits medical examinations. One man could barely mount the steps to the jobcentre. He was in significant distress from severe breathlessness caused…Read moreRead more