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Esther McVey has been forced to issue an embarrassing apology to MPs after a public row with Whitehall's spending watchdog. The Work and Pensions Secretary said she had "inadvertently misled" the Commons by claiming that the National Audit Office (NAO) had called for the roll-out of the Universal Credit benefit…
The Government's policies have created a "hostile environment causing grave violations on disabled people", Labour has claimed. Minister of State for disabled people, health and work Sarah Newton appealed to Opposition MPs in the Commons to "stop saying things which they know are not true" during a heated exchange with…
The rising cost of transport, childcare and energy has hit people who are struggling to get by, leaving low-income families needing a third more money to make ends meet, according to a new study. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said families on low incomes were facing bigger barriers to meet…
Mandatory job seeking requirements for lone parents claiming benefits negatively affects mental health, researchers have found. Under the lone parent obligations rule, single parents must seek work as a condition of receiving certain welfare benefits once their youngest child reaches a certain age. Since 2008, when entitlement to income support…
Minister for the Disabled Sarah Newton has suggested MPs ask the Motability charity to help people keep their vehicles during a benefits appeal. It came as MPs heard how a woman lost her life savings because the Department for Work and Pensions "screwed up". Labour former minister Yvette Cooper raised…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has refuted accusations her department routinely scans social media pages to deny benefit claims. Labour MP Anna Turley made the claim in the Commons - suggesting the Department for Work and Pensions look for "evidence of spending patterns" in order to reject benefits. The…
More than 70,000 families lost benefits worth up to £2,780 a year in the first 12 months of operation of the new two-child cap, according to official figures. Campaigners called for a review of the policy, warning that it would pull 200,000 children into poverty, the majority of them in…
Almost 200 women have had to declare they are rape victims to qualify for additional child tax credits since a controversial welfare reform was introduced, MPs have heard. The SNP's social justice spokesman, Neil Gray, said the benefit changes have had a "devastating" impact on women, as he urged ministers…
More than 2.5 million households in England are struggling to pay their energy bills, figures from the Government show. Some 11.1% of English households - 2.55 million - faced heating bills that pushed them below the poverty line in in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.…
Ministers were accused of being in "absolute denial" over their flagship benefit scheme after Esther McVey hailed it for showcasing "British innovation". The Work and Pensions Secretary gave a ministerial statement to the Commons to defend Universal Credit (UC) and read out positive stories and data as she addressed a…
Parents could face having to find hundreds of pounds upfront for childcare under the controversial Universal Credit scheme, according to a charity. Save the Children has warned there is a risk that the new benefits system will put mothers and father off taking up a new job, or push families…
A Northern Ireland woman who suffers from MS says the change of a key benefit has left her exhausted and fearful for the future. Melissa Leavy, 18, from Downpatrick, spoke out as the MS Society released new research which finds the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence…
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