Head of Society, Health and Education, Guardian
Guardian Journalist, social policy editor (Head of Society, Health and Education at the Guardian)
guardian.co.uk — Social security benefits such as universal credit and crisis loans should be issued on debit card-style cards, despite fears that they will enable authorities to block recipients from spending the cash on alcohol, cigarettes and gambling, according to a report by the thinktank Demos.
guardian.co.uk — "Food stamps" arrive in Britain next month, when tens of thousands of vulnerable people will be issued with food vouchers in lieu of money to tide them over short-term financial crises. Rather than, as now, offering a cash loan, most councils will from April offer new applicants who qualify for emergency assistance a one-off voucher redeemable for goods such as food and nappies.
guardian.co.uk — After six months of deliberation, the work and pensions select committee this week publishes its second report into the Work Programme (WP). The inquiry set out to answer the question, can the Work Programme work for all user groups? The short answer is: no, two years after launch, it is clearly failing the most disadvantaged jobseekers.
guardian.co.uk — Sign up to Society daily email briefing Today's top SocietyGuardian stories * GPs will face Ofsted-style inspections, Jeremy Hunt announces * Disabled woman died after NHS blunders, ombudsman finds * Family of Maria Stubbings call for inquiry into police failings * Privatised GP service understaffed and missing targets, watchdog finds
bbc.co.uk — A scheme to help the unemployed find work appears to be failing the most disadvantaged jobseekers, according to MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee. Their report said support for the mainstream jobless in the government's Work Programme, launched in June 2011, was getting better after a poor start.
guardian.co.uk — Nick Buckles has unexpectedly quit as chief executive of G4S, the company responsible for the botched handling of security at last year's Olympics. Buckles is being replaced by the company's chief financial officer, Ashley Almanza, who only joined G4S three weeks ago.
guardian.co.uk — A catalogue of mistakes by an out-of-hours GP service and a hospital contributed to the death of a young woman with physical and learning disabilities, the NHS ombudsman says on Tuesday in a highly critical report that has led to fresh claims of prejudicial attitudes leading to poor care for such vulnerable patients.
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