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Tories must now come clean about where their £12bn of welfare cuts will be made

A controversial option would be to pare benefits for the disabled. Taxing disability living allowance, personal independence payments and attendance allowance would save about £1.5bn. But Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne hinted during the election that the most vulnerable would be protected, and hitting the disabled would hardly chime with “compassionate Conservatism”.

Published
15 May 2015
From
The Independent
Iain Duncan Smith privileged to serve in Conservative-only cabinet and finish the job of welfare reform

The Chingford and Woodford Green MP's re-appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary was among the first to be announced today by David Cameron. His welfare reforms have brought sharp criticism from opposition parties, campaigners and charities, who say they push people further into poverty.

Published
12 May 2015
From
East London and West Essex Guardian Series
HIV positive workers take less than a week off

The majority of people living with HIV take less than four days off work a year but still find it hard to obtain financial products such as income protection and critical illness cover.

Published
07 May 2015
From
FT Adviser
HIV and the general election - what we should be talking about

The National AIDS Trust and HIV Scotland have joined together to identify the key priorities for the new Parliament which will reduce HIV transmission and improve the lives of people living with HIV across the UK.

Published
15 April 2015
From
NAT press release
Guide for people living with HIV to disability benefit claims

NAT (National AIDS Trust) has developed guidance for people living with HIV on how to provide relevant evidence for new disability benefits applications. 

Published
31 March 2015
From
NAT press release
Positive response to 'gift tokens for undetectable viral load' trial

A US study presented at last month’s HIV Research for Prevention conference found generally positive responses among a selection of participants and clinic staff to a trial

Published
24 November 2014
By
Gus Cairns
Income Protection and Critical Illness Cover non-existent for HIV-positive people

Insurance provision for people living with HIV remains limited, Chris Morgan, lead adviser at Unusual Risks Mortgage & Insurance Services, has found. The firm asked major providers whether they would offer life insurance, income protection or critical illness cover to HIV-positive applicants.

Published
04 November 2014
From
FT Adviser
The Impact of the Welfare Reform on People Living With HIV in England

Based on a survey of 287 people diagnosed with HIV across England the report found that two-thirds of were affected by benefit changes, with nine out of ten reporting poorer health and limited access to HIV care as a result. Handling of the reforms is criticised in the report, in particular assessments and their failure in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Published
03 April 2014
From
Positively UK
Thousands of HIV patients go hungry as benefit cuts hit

Thousands of people with HIV have been left struggling in poverty by the Government's welfare reforms – with some unable to afford the basic food they need to fight their condition.

Published
23 February 2014
From
The Independent
Long-Awaited 30% Rent Cap in New York to Become a Reality

Today’s announcement by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio during his budget address—that he and Governor Cuomo have reached an agreement for an affordable housing protection for low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS—is a promising sign of what we can accomplish if we work together.

Published
17 February 2014
From
Housing Works
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