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A "turning point" has been reached in the fight against poverty following the first sustained increases in child and pensioner poverty for 20 years, according to a new report. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are living in poverty than four years…
Nearly a third of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have had their initial claim for disability benefits rejected after the system was reformed, campaigners have warned. Data obtained by the MS Society suggests 31% of new claims for personal independence payment (PIP) by people with MS were "disallowed" by…
Terminally ill people should stop being forced to "self-certify" they have only months to live in order to claim Universal Credit, an SNP MP will tell the Commons. Drew Hendry is set to use an adjournment debate to criticise the "heartless new requirement" for Universal Credit claimants, even if they…
Some banks have been told not to lend money to anyone claiming Universal Credit, an SNP MP has claimed. Philippa Whitford added that claimants looking for loans could be driven "into the hands of payday lenders and loan sharks" if they cannot get the funds from other sources. She made…
Shelter says its free helpline received a cry for help every 22 seconds during its busiest times last Christmas - and it fears the situation could be worse this winter. Research from the housing charity and Marks & Spencer found that in 2016 the Shelter's helpline received over 100,000 calls…
Labour have joined campaigners in rounding on a flagship reform to sickness and disability benefits, after it emerged 18,000 new claimants with the worst conditions each year will no longer face reassessments. The figure, confirmed after a Freedom of Information request, is equivalent to between 6% and 12% of people…
Changes to the Government's flagship welfare scheme are to be made after strong criticism that low income families were suffering. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the wait for the initial payment for Universal Credit claimants will be cut from six to five weeks. MPs, unions and charities have been warning…
The poorest in society are being hit the hardest by the Government's tax and welfare changes, the official equality watchdog has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said an analysis of all the changes to tax, social security and public spending since the Conservatives came to power in…
Many low income families will be worse off despite tax changes and a higher living wage because of cuts to Universal Credit, a new report warns. Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that by 2022, families with one working parent will lose more from cuts to the benefits system…
The UK's Children's Commissioners have called for a halt in the controversial roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) for families with children as they face an "almost impossible challenge" due to the weeks-long wait for payments. In a direct plea to the Chancellor, they said a pause was "essential" to prevent…
Welfare assessors could be given access to claimants' medical records in a bid improve the service, the Work and Pensions Secretary has told MPs. David Gauke also said that meetings between claimants and assessors may be "recorded and audited" to ensure the advice provided was of "suitable quality". Tory MP…
Millions of pounds is being wasted on reassessing people with Parkinson's for benefits even though their condition will never improve, campaigners have warned. Analysis by Parkinson's UK suggests it will cost £3 million to reassess everyone with Parkinson's as they switch over from disability living allowance (DLA) to its replacement…
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