Department for Work & Pensions

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    Video caption: Cooper on BBC licence fee for over-75s and job cuts

    Two out of five pensioners entitled to pension credit are not claiming it as they do not know how to, or feel embarrassed, an MP claims.

  2. Three men arrested over modern slavery offences

    Three men have been arrested in connection with suspected modern slavery offences.

    Suffolk Police were joined by other UK enforcement agencies and police officers from Romania as they raided an address in the west of Ipswich earlier this month.

    The three men, aged 29, 26 and 20, were questioned on suspicion of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour offences.

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    Paperwork, payment cards and other items were recovered and a number of potential victims located, police said.

    The Gangmaster and Labour Abuse Authority's senior investigating officer Jenni Baines said: "We know that the current pandemic also has the potential to create the conditions in which more people are exploited for their labour."

    The three men have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

  3. Coronavirus shuts work and pensions office

    BBC Newcastle

    A building run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in Sunderland has been closed because of coronavirus.

    Four staff based at Wear View House in the city centre have tested positive, although their condition isn't known.

    The DWP confirmed it ordered the building to be closed two days ago and said it would reopen on Monday once a deep clean has taken place.

    Staff have been told to stay at home and self-isolate for seven days.

    The site deals with personal independence payments - or PIPs - and child maintenance. The work will now be absorbed elsewhere.