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The Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee has said a huge cultural shift will be required to create a better Scottish welfare system, in a new report published yesterday. The Committee’s report calls for a significant overhaul of the current approach and suggests that the provision of social security in Scotland…
Thousands of people with cancer will feel "cold and lonely" this Christmas because they do not have enough money to celebrate or heat their homes, a charity has warned. Almost 170,000 people in the UK with cancer are unable to join in special family events such as Christmas due to…
The new Universal Credit system will mean a less generous benefit entitlement for working families, a respected economic think tank has said. An estimated 2.6 million working families can be expected to be an average £1,600 a year worse off under UC than they would have been under the existing…
A Government failure to exempt individual family carers in receipt of carer's allowance from the benefit cap amounts to "objectively unjustifiable indirect discrimination" and is not lawful, a High Court judge has ruled. The judge also called for reconsideration to be given to whether the present benefit regulatory regime is…
The Government has been accused of adopting a "kangaroo parliamentary procedure" to stifle debate and "fast track" changes to Northern Ireland's benefits system through Parliament. The Stormont Assembly voted to allow the Government to finally roll out its welfare reforms in Northern Ireland as part of the recently agreed 'Fresh…
Successful businesses and wealthy individuals should make a bigger contribution to ending "shocking" levels of poverty and inequality in Britain, Sir John Major said. The Conservative former prime minister also backed stronger powers for the Charity Commission to help the watchdog prevent scandals from eroding giving to good causes. Sir…
Most social housing tenants will see little or no direct benefit from Chancellor George Osborne's promised cut in rents, an economic think tank has said. Mr Osborne announced in his summer Budget that rents for council and housing association tenants in England would be cut by 1% a year for…
Sanctions against "seriously ill" benefit claimants should be stopped, ministers have been told as the Government denied people with mental health problems are punished more often. Employment Minister Priti Patel also told MPs it would be "misleading" to assess on its own the impact of sanctions on claimants' mental health.…
The Government has been defeated in the Lords over its controversial plans to cut tax credits - setting the stage for a constitutional clash with the Commons. Peers ignored warnings from the Prime Minister and backed a motion delaying the cuts until the Government responds to analysis of their impact…
Pressure has been applied to David Cameron to publish the results of Government investigations into cases of suicides which occurred after benefits were cut or withdrawn. The SNP's leader in Westminster Angus Robertson urged the Prime Minister during PMQs to publish the findings. Mr Cameron said he will "look very…
More than a million Londoners living in poverty are in a working family, a massive increase of 70% over the past decade, according to new research. More than a quarter of people in the capital are now said to be in poverty compared with 20% across England, the study found.…
Nearly 70% of people who complete a flagship welfare-to-work scheme fail to find sustained employment - and the programme needs to better identify claimants who need more personalised and intensive support, MPs have said. The Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee said the scheme was "not working well" for people…