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Child poverty is something the Conservatives do not want people to talk about which is why they are renaming the child poverty act the Life Chances Act, Labour has claimed. Shadow work and pensions minister Stephen Timms (pictured) slammed plans in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to rename Labour's…
The first Conservative-only Budget for almost 20 years was "regressive", taking "much more" from the poor than the rich, a respected economic thinktank has found. The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that "unequivocally", low-paid workers will be left worse off by the Budget measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne on…
A four-year freeze for working-age benefits and restricting tax credits to two children are among key parts of a blueprint to slash at least another £12 billion-plus a year from the welfare bill. Chancellor George Osborne said it was not fair to taxpayers that the UK was responsible for 7%…
A "pay rise" for Britain with the surprise announcement of a new national living wage has been branded a "con trick" by Scotland's Deputy First Minister. In the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years, Chancellor George Osborne announced that from April next year all workers over the age of…
George Osborne has used the first Tory-only Budget for nearly 20 years to introduce a "living wage", dramatically declaring that "Britain deserves a pay rise". Hailing a new "higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare" Britain, the Chancellor said from next April everyone over 25 would be entitled to £7.20 an…
Scotland would be able to mitigate Conservative cuts to tax credits or other welfare under Labour and SNP plans to give Holyrood the power to create new benefits and top up existing payments, the shadow Scottish secretary has said. Ian Murray said Labour amendments to the Scotland Bill, some of…
More than half of households in the UK receive more from the state in welfare payments and pensions than they pay in tax, according to a new report. The 51.5% of households taking in more than they contribute in 2013/14 is down from a peak of 53.5% in 2010/11, but…
Figures the Government said showed 2.3 million children were classed as living in relative poverty, the lowest level since the 1980s, have sparked controversy. The Department for Work and Pensions said the percentage of children in relative low-income households remained "flat" in 2013/14 despite speculation that the figure would increase…
New figures which reveal 210,000 children are living in relative poverty in Scotland after housing costs have been paid, have been condemned as ‘unacceptable’ by Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil. The latest Poverty in Scotland statistics showed that, after housing costs, 22 per cent of children in Scotland were faced…
The Scottish Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty and tackle inequality will be subject to independent scrutiny by a new adviser, appointed today by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Naomi Eisenstadt, an expert in the impact poverty has on children, will become the First Minister’s independent adviser on poverty and inequality, recommending…
Michael Gove will launch a stinging attack on the "two-nation" justice system that allows the wealthy to enjoy "gold standard" services while "badly" failing many victims of crime. The poorest are at the mercy of a "dysfunctional" system while the well-off can secure the finest legal provision in the world,…
David Cameron is to mount a staunch defence of the Government's welfare curbs, insisting they are at the heart of his drive to create a fairer Britain. Setting out his vision for boosting social mobility, the Prime Minister will argue that the system must help people to get good jobs…