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Foodbanks could struggle to meet demand this winter unless urgent action is taken to improve Universal Credit (UC), the Government has been warned. The Trussell Trust said it was on course to deliver a record number of food parcels from its 428 foodbanks across the UK during the current financial…
Government policy has created an austerity generation, threatening to send one million more children into poverty, a new report warns. Research revealed that families already at greater risk of poverty, such as lone parents and those with a disability, will suffer the most from cuts to their income. The report…
Low pay and a lack of affordable childcare are holding back parents who want to work, a study has found. Research by the Child Poverty Action Group showed that one in five unemployed parents wanted to work but found the cost of childcare prohibitively expensive. Almost as many could not…
New job-seeking requirements placed on parents of young children under Universal Credit risk pushing single-parent families into poverty, a report warns. A study by campaign group Gingerbread suggested that 165,000 single parents of pre-school aged children are at increased risk of going into poverty and debt because of new conditions…
About 30,000 disabled people in Scotland could lose entitlement to disability benefits as a result of UK Government welfare reforms, according to a new report. The Scottish Government research looked at the impact of welfare policies affecting disabled people, including the replacement of disability living allowance (DLA) for working-age people…
Nicola Sturgeon has blasted Tories at Westminster over the failure to pause the rollout of Universal Credit, branding the decision as "morally repugnant". The First Minister hit out after it emerged nine local authorities in Scotland are setting aside almost £9 million to help mitigate the impact of the Conservatives'…
The Government has launched an appeal against a ruling that its controversial benefit cap unlawfully discriminates against lone parents with children under two. A High Court judge in London said earlier this year that ''real misery is being caused to no good purpose". Mr Justice Collins ruled in favour of…
Theresa May has again rejected calls to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit as ministers announced that controversial charges of up to 55p a minute to call a helpline were to be scrapped. Appearing before a Commons committee, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke (pictured) said the line would be…
A Tory MP is set to miss a debate and vote on welfare policy because he will be running the line at a Champions League football tie in Barcelona. Douglas Ross has been listed as assistant referee at the Camp Nou stadium for Wednesday night's match against Greek side Olympiacos.…
The lives and safety of people with epilepsy are being put at risk by an inadequate and ineffective disability benefits system, campaigners have warned. Epilepsy Action says the condition has the highest refusal rate for people claiming the personal independence payment (PIP) - 20% above the national average for all…
Scotland's Social Security Minister has challenged Theresa May to show "compassion" and end the "injustice" of the so-called rape clause. Jeane Freeman, a former Labour adviser who is now an SNP MSP, launched a fierce attack on welfare changes brought in by the Conservatives at Westminster. Of these she said…
Welfare cuts and "turning off the taps to local councils" are affecting how authorities can support homeless people, the founder of the Big Issue has said. John Bird warned the homelessness crisis could see its "worst winter for over two decades" due to an increasing number of people living on…
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