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An attempt to provide fairer access to more affordable credit for people living in poverty moves a stage further on Friday.A Bill put forward by Lord Bird, founder of The Big Issue magazine, will reach the committee stage in the House of Lords, moving it closer to being considered in…
Victims of domestic violence who claim Universal Credit can find themselves in thousands of pounds of rent arrears if their abuser leaves their home and the payment is split, an MP has said. Labour MP Ruth George said a lot of social housing providers were concerned about the provision in…
Two severely disabled men have begun a High Court challenge against the Government's controversial Universal Credit benefits scheme, which they say has left them unable to meet many of their basic needs. Their lawyer told a judge in London on Tuesday that a "significant" drop in monthly income was having…
An unmarried mother behind a legal battle to access widowed parent's allowance has accused the Government of treating her grieving children as "insignificant". Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, said her case, being heard at the Supreme Court sitting in Northern Ireland for the first time, was never about her but about justice…
A judge has raised concerns after a woman had to appear in the same family court as an ex-partner she had accused of raping her. District Judge Simon Read said the pair had become embroiled in a dispute over their daughter. He said both had appeared at a private family…
A lawyer has questioned whether an unmarried mother at the centre of a legal battle to access widowed parent's allowance is being made an example of. Special needs classroom assistant Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, from Armoy in Co Antrim, was with her partner John Adams, a groundsman, for 23 years. The…
Restrictions on benefit payments to families with more than two children have been relaxed, with a new exemption covering all of those who are adopted or taken in by relatives other than their parents. The move follows a High Court ruling that it was "unlawful" for the exemption to be…
The Home Office is facing fresh anger over the Windrush scandal after "heartbreaking" new cases emerged. Labour MP David Lammy, a prominent figure in exposing the fiasco, reported that his office had received six further cases before midday on Tuesday. In one, a man who arrived as a boy from…
Thousands of people who arrived in Britain from the Commonwealth will be offered UK citizenship for free under emergency plans to tackle the Windrush scandal. As well as waiving fees of £1,330, ministers said those seeking naturalisation will be exempt from a requirement to pass English language and knowledge of…
A record number of emergency supplies were handed out by food banks in the past year, research has revealed. The Trussell Trust said its network distributed more than 1.3 million three-day food supplies in the year to March, a 13% increase on the previous 12 months. Almost half a million…
MPs and campaigners have urged the Government to go further in reforming benefits for disabled people after ministers published their response to a major review. The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to make recording assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) a standard part of the process. This is…
Families have lost a High Court challenge against the Government's two-child rule for payment of tax credits and universal credit. A judge in London ruled on Friday that the policy was "compatible" with human rights laws. But campaigners welcomed Mr Justice Ouseley's declaration that a provision in regulations relating to…