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Child poverty rose by 3% last year, sparked by a cut of up to £150 in the income of Britain's poorest families, a new report suggests. While middle-income households saw their income growth fall to 0.9%, its lowest level since 2012, those in the poorest 30% of households fell by…
A "significant" number of people are struggling to navigate the Government's flagship Universal Credit benefits system, according to a new study. Research by Citizens Advice found that more than a third of those helped by the charity found it difficult to provide evidence on issues such as health, housing and…
More than half of homeless families in temporary accommodation are in work, figures show. Some 55% of families are holding down a job despite having nowhere stable to live, research by Shelter's social housing commission has found. It estimated that there are currently around 33,000 "working homeless", which has risen…
An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's Madeleine Moon said current rules were too restrictive, arguing that allowing a clinical judgment to determine when…
Tens of thousands of disabled people denied welfare benefits due to Government error are to receive additional back-payments totalling as much as £150 million. The payout results from a decision by Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey to ditch a policy of refusing to reimburse missed payments dating back before…
Lone parents and their children are going to the UK's highest court in a battle against the Government's controversial benefit cap. Supreme Court justices will hear several challenges over the lawfulness of the measure in cases brought against the Work and Pensions Secretary. Part of the proceedings in London, which…
A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield study, led by Professor Kate Morris from the University’s Department of Sociological Studies, explores the relationship between poverty, care…
A rape victim who suffers with post traumatic stress disorder has been denied benefits for "not demonstrating symptoms" at the time of her claim assessment. Labour MP Wes Streeting raised the case at Prime Minister's Questions, telling MPs he saw examples such as this "week in, week out" at his…
Labour's bid to force the Government to dock the pay of Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has been voted down by MPs. The motion to "sanction" Ms McVey, by freezing her pay for four weeks after she misled MPs over the Government's flagship welfare reforms, was defeated by 305…
Esther McVey is facing calls to lose four weeks' ministerial pay after misleading MPs over the Government's flagship welfare reforms. Labour wants to "sanction" the Work and Pensions Secretary for her handling of Universal Credit (UC), which has included a public row with the National Audit Office (NAO). The Opposition's…
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford urged the Conservatives to "press the reset button" on austerity and learn from the Scottish Government on economic policy. Mr Blackford contrasted the policies implemented by the two governments and press Downing Street to move closer to the position north of the border, at a…
Tenants receiving Universal Credit are collectively in £24 million worth of rent arrears, housing associations have warned. The findings were compiled from surveys of 118 housing associations across Britain. They were released by the National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish…
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