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Welfare officials have defended using the public to root out suspected benefit cheats despite figures showing the vast bulk of tip-offs have proved unfounded. More than 1.6 million cases were opened by the Department for Work and Pensions between 2010 and 2015 as a result of tip-offs submitted online and…
We are seeing a watershed moment in the way that the UK Government deals with child poverty, as Parliament decides whether to give final assent to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill. There are 3.7 million children in the UK living in poverty, made more shocking by the fact the…
The Government would "rather pay money to lawyers than to rape victims", a Labour MP has claimed as she attacked its decision to appeal to the Supreme Court over the controversial so-called "bedroom tax". Jo Stevens argued the Government was continuing to attempt to "defend the indefensible" as she branded…
A children's charity urged ministers to reconsider plans for a four-year freeze on a range of benefits and agree a moratorium on future welfare cuts for low-income families. The charity made the call after its research suggested that the plans risk pushing more children into poverty. More than 7.5 million…
Troubled welfare reforms will reduce benefits for millions of working families and leave the "poorest running up the down escalator", it has been claimed. Critics have seized on three reports on universal credit that have been published separately by MPs, campaigners and a respected economic think tank to claim promises…
Plans by the Government to slash benefits for disabled people by £1,500 a year in order to "incentivise" them into work have been defeated in the Lords. Peers voted by 283 to 198, a majority of 85, to strike out a clause of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill which…
A victim of domestic violence and the grandparents of a severely disabled teenager have won the latest round of their challenges against the lawfulness of the so-called ''bedroom tax''. Three judges at the Court of Appeal in London ruled in their favour on Wednesday following a hearing in November. One…
Cuts to benefits threaten to force sick and disabled people "further away from work and closer to poverty", charities have warned. Ahead of a key House of Lords vote on the proposed reductions to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), more than 30 charities and three peers - including Paralympian Baroness…
Carers who look after a disabled adult at home could see their benefits capped further as a result of new policies, a charity has warned. The current cap means full-time carers claiming Carer's Allowance who look after someone who is neither a partner nor a child under 18 can receive…
David Cameron has launched an "all-out assault on poverty" with a sweeping package of social reforms including measures to boost mentoring, improve mental health services and flatten "sink estates". The Prime Minister used a keynote speech to launch a major campaign to encourage high-flying mentors to pass on their experiences…
Cancer patients could be at risk of losing their homes if Government cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) go ahead, a charity has warned. Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned research of almost 1,000 people with cancer and found that 10% would be unable - or would struggle - to pay…
Kinship carers should be made exempt from the Government's benefit cap and other welfare restrictions to help prevent children being placed into the care of the state, Alan Johnson has suggested. The former Labour frontbencher made the call as MPs asked the Government to take steps to reduce the number…