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Government welfare cuts will lead to an increase in suicides, a prominent crossbench peer has warned. Baroness Meacher, who led the fight in the House of Lords against planned cuts to tax credits, has told RT's Going Underground programme that the number of people who take their own lives is…
The next Scottish government should introduce anti-poverty legislation to comprehensively tackle the issue, campaigners have said. The call for a Scottish Poverty Reduction Bill is one of 17 priorities for Holyrood set out in the Poverty Alliance's election manifesto. The alliance - which is made up of more than 200…
The Government has ruled out converting National Insurance contributions into a special tax to fund health and social care. Treasury spokesman Lord Ashton of Hyde said the Government had no plans to make the change because ministers were opposed to hypothecation of taxes. Hypothecation of taxes is a tax where…
New Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has said there will be no further raid on welfare spending to fund the £4 billion black hole in the Budget left by the dramatic decision to abandon planned cuts to disability benefits. Making his first appearance in the Commons since his appointment…
As a Tory secretary of state for Labour-voting Wales, he was once described as having the "loneliest job in politics". But with his appointment as Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb has been brought firmly into the Westminster fold. Mr Crabb, who was elected MP for his home constituency of…
David Cameron has said he is "puzzled and disappointed" after Iain Duncan Smith dramatically quit the Cabinet and launched an all-out attack on the "indefensible" Budget. In a brutal parting shot, the Work and Pensions Secretary complained that cuts to disabled benefits in George Osborne's financial package were "politically driven"…
Ministers face intense pressure to perform a U-turn over plans for a £1.3 billion a year cut in disability benefits as Tory MPs threaten to revolt over the measure. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith wrote to Tory MPs to insist that consultations were continuing while Cabinet colleague Nicky…
Government cuts to the pension credit have a "significant link" with a rise in death rates among older pensioners, Oxford University researchers have said. The Government's austerity measures across England could have fuelled a rise in death rates among those aged 85 and over, their study found. Professor David Stuckler,…
The Child Poverty Actiion Group have announced details of their Scottish annual conference which will take place on Friday 10 June. The conference will take place on Friday 10 June and will be at a new venue this year, University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (pictured). The pace of…
Iain Duncan Smith has insisted he is "proud" of his welfare record after disabled people questioned how he sleeps at night following fresh benefits cuts. The Work and Pensions Secretary was the target of fierce criticism from Opposition MPs as he appeared in the Commons for the first time since…
Government welfare reforms will "further entrench deep-seated regional inequalities across Britain", campaigners have claimed after a new report said poorer areas will be hit hardest by new changes. The research says the effect of reforms taking effect from next month will be disproportionate across the UK, with much of southern…
A new delivery agency will be set up to administer social security payments worth £2.7 billion when they are devolved to Scotland. Speaking in the first Scottish Parliament debate on social security since the fiscal framework to transfer welfare powers was agreed, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil confirmed there will…