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Demand for help with debts is expected to reach a five-year high across 2018 as people increasingly find themselves struggling with everyday household bills, according to a charity. National Debtline, which is run by the Money Advice Trust (MAT), predicts it will have received 189,000 calls by the end of…
A bereaved mother-of-four has described how she both cried and beamed with joy after a landmark legal judgement over the rights of unmarried couples. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was refused bereavement benefits after her partner of 23 years, John Adams, died from cancer in January 2014 because the couple were not…
Four in 10 people have less than £6.60 per day left over for themselves after spending on essential bills, a report has found. A survey from Nationwide Building Society said 41% of people have less than £6.60 left over. Across the UK, the average amount of cash people have left…
Five of England's leading letting agents are discriminating against tenants on housing benefit, a report has claimed. Homelessness charity Shelter and the National Housing Federation said their undercover investigation of 149 regional letting agent branches found one in 10 had a policy not to let to anyone on housing benefit,…
Couples raising two children while working full-time on the minimum wage are falling £49 a week short of being able to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research has found. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called for an increase in the so-called national living wage to allow…
Lack of action to tackle child poverty is creating "a generation of invisible boys and girls", according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. He accused both the Scottish and UK governments of ignoring what he described as "a national disgrace", and called for increases in welfare payments to address the…
The Government has committed no new money to pay for its flagship £100 million fund to eradicate rough sleeping within the decade, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has admitted. The fund was welcomed by homelessness charities as a significant step towards helping the estimated 4,751 people sleeping rough on English streets…
The UK's largest provider of women's refuges has welcomed ministers' decision to ditch plans to devolve funding for the network to local councils. The charity Refuge said that the proposal could have led to the collapse of provision of accommodation for women fleeing violent partners across the country. Plans were…
Ministers have dropped plans for a new local grant fund to pay for councils to provide short-term emergency supported accommodation. The fund was a key part of proposals set out last October, when Theresa May abandoned former chancellor George Osborne's plan for a cap to cut housing benefit costs in…
Universal credit claimants are losing out on hundreds of pounds a year if their payday falls too close their assessment date, a charity has warned. Being paid early as a result of weekends or bank holidays makes it look like a worker has earned more because they receive two payments…
Labour's next manifesto could include radical plans for a universal basic income (UBI), John McDonnell said. The shadow chancellor said the policy, which replaces means-tested benefits with a flat rate paid to all citizens, was an idea that "a lot of people are pressing for". Supporters of UBI claim it…
MPs have hit out at the Government for "barely paying lip service" to the needs of millions of carers after ministers rejected calls for stronger support to help them stay in employment. Commons Work and Pensions Committee chairman Frank Field accused the Government of giving a "non-response" to reforms recommended…
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