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More than one in three working parents cannot afford to have regular meals, showing the "desperate choices" low paid families have to make, according to a new study. Research by the Living Wage Foundation showed that parents on low incomes regularly skip meals. A survey of 1,000 adults found that…
Ministers spent £5 million preparing a policy that affected 90 people in its first three months before it was scrapped, according to new figures. Last month Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey announced a U-turn on the policy to remove automatic entitlement to housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds, which…
The "hostile environment" policy brought in against illegal immigrants when Theresa May was home secretary was seen as "almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany" by some in government, the former head of the civil service has said. Lord Kerslake's explosive comments came as campaigners for families caught up in the Windrush…
The Government's rape clause is a disgrace, the SNP's Westminster leader has said as he sought to put Theresa May on the spot over claims made by her Work and Pensions Secretary that the clause could help support rape victims. Esther McVey was previously heckled as she spoke on the…
Scotland’s First Minister has branded the Work and Pensions Secretary “out of touch” for claiming the rape clause could help support rape victims. Giving evidence to a Holyrood Committee, Esther McVey was heckled as she spoke on the rape clause, where women have to prove conception through non-consensual sex to…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey was heckled by members of the public in a Holyrood committee meeting covering Universal Credit and the rape clause. An audience member shouted “you can’t get into work if you’re dead” at Ms McVey as she argued Universal Credit is a “supportive system” aimed…
A cross-party group of 140 MPs has written to Prime Minister Theresa May calling for an "immediate and effective" response to problems faced by long-term British residents from the "Windrush generation" over their immigration status. The move follows concern that people are facing deportation and being denied access to healthcare…
Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds by affecting their ability to access and sustain housing, a charity has warned. According to a survey by Homeless Link, a charity that works with rough sleepers, 92% of respondents identified delayed Universal Credit payments as having an impact on…
MPs have launched a fresh inquiry into benefit sanctions amid warnings of troubling cases and extreme harm being caused to disabled people. The Work and Pensions select committee will analyse the whole system where benefit payments are docked for a set period of time. The committee will also analyse the…
Thousands of Universal Credit claimants are having 40% of their benefit deducted to pay back outstanding debts. Labour MP Ruth George said the high level of deductions from payments "will see more people with no option but to go into debt". The Department for Work and Pensions said there were…
Ruth Davidson and the Scottish Conservatives have come under fire over the “abhorrent rape clause” one year after the controversial welfare reform was brought in. SNP and Labour politicians urged the Tories to rethink their support for the policy, branding it “despicable” and “absolutely heart-breaking”. It was established as part…
Sixty Church of England bishops as well as senior figures from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups have united to urge the Government to rethink its controversial benefits cap on families with more than two children. Parents can claim child tax credits or Universal Credit for only their first two…
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