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Low-income families with one main breadwinner, single parents and out-of-work couples with children are likely to see their living standards stagnate or fall in the coming five years, according to research. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), which looked at how changes announced in the summer Budget will affect people's ability…
There is little evidence to justify Government claims that welfare reforms have led to more people being in work, a new study has suggested. Academics at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Glasgow said that while employment has risen, this could not simply be attributed to controversial welfare reforms.…
Campaigners have called for a review of controversial sickness benefit assessments after the release of "disturbing" statistics showing the numbers who died after being told they were "fit to work". Figures published by welfare chiefs under freedom of information laws showed that 2,380 people who had been told they would…
Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of "punishing" the sick as he unveils plans for more welfare reforms. The Work and Pensions Secretary is to declare that work is "good for your health" and can help people recover from illness. He will signal that in future benefits assessments will check…
Welfare officials have deleted a series of quotes from a benefits leaflet after being forced to admit they were made up. The document carried pictures of two "claimants" next to what purported to be their personal accounts of positive aspects of the controversial sanctions regime. But the Department for Work…
Jobless young adults will face losing benefits unless they take part in a "boot camp" to get them ready for the world of work, the chairman of a Government taskforce has said. Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock said the measure was part of the Government's goal of ending a "welfare…
Northern Ireland's First Minister has indicated progress has been made in talks to resolve a row over welfare reform that had put the future of the powersharing administration at stake. Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson also revealed that his party and Sinn Fein - its main partner in the Stormont…
Jeremy Corbyn has said the British Government needs to fund Northern Ireland's welfare system properly and warned of increased poverty because of Tory plans. The devolved powersharing administration in Belfast is at an impasse over measures to cut the cost of benefits, which the Government says are necessary to reduce…
Some of the very poorest pensioners are missing out on billions of benefits, according to the latest government figures analysed in Age UK’s Chief Economist’s Report. The charity's Chief Economist’s Report gives an in-depth insight into the key economic issues affecting older people in the UK and shines a spotlight…
Around 120,000 children whose parents are working on low incomes will be cast adrift if the UK Government changes its definition of child poverty, the social justice secretary (for Scotland) has said. Alex Neil MSP has written to Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urging…
Data showing benefit-related deaths will be published "no later than the autumn", the Government has said. Work and Pensions Minister Priti Patel reiterated the Prime Minister's assertion that the statistics are being prepared for release, adding they will be published "shortly". Labour's Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) said David…
Child poverty is something the Conservatives do not want people to talk about which is why they are renaming the child poverty act the Life Chances Act, Labour has claimed. Shadow work and pensions minister Stephen Timms (pictured) slammed plans in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to rename Labour's…