News & Blogs

Find our latest press releases and news here, as well as our blogs that have been written by our staff, volunteers and clients.
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    “I have given you an explanation on your Universal Credit payment, unfortunately it is not for me to comment or discuss your question on how you are to survive”

    This was the response my client Sarah* received when she asked her Universal Credit case manager how she, her partner and 2 children were supposed to live on £73 for the entire month. Sarah had been hit by the benefit cap, a policy which has been in place since April 2013 and according to Child Poverty Action Group is now having a devastating impact on up to 250 000 households.

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    The Eviction Ban has Ended, Leaving Renters Without a Safety Net

    Last Monday the ‘eviction ban’ was lifted, meaning courts began hearing possession cases, bailiff’s evictions begin; and tenants are again at risk of losing their homes. Introduced instead is a six month notice period for evictions (except for those with substantial rent arrears) and some requirements that landlords provide courts with information about the impact of the pandemic on the tenant. The longer notice period buys renters some time, but it doesn’t solve the problem.

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    ‘My brother didn’t die so people could be treated like this’

    ‘We’re not just fighting for an extra £20 a week for people, we’re fighting to ensure that the Government treats all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their status in society.’ Read Ella’s piece on the campaign #IncreaseDisabilityBenefits and the impact the discriminatory move by Government has had on millions of people.

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    When Isolating at Home is as Bad for Your Health as Going Out

    Self-isolation for a period of time – and we don’t know how long – is necessary to get Covid-19 under control. For many of us, it’s also boring, uncomfortable, and a reminder of all the reasons we love (and are irritated by!) our families.  But for some of the people Z2K works with, living on Social Security benefits and renting from private landlords, self-isolation means something different.