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Almost two-thirds of children in poverty are living with parents who work, according to a new study. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that, while levels of absolute child poverty were unchanged between 2009/10 and 2013/14, the proportion living in a working family grew from 54% to 63% as…
The first Conservative-only Budget for almost 20 years was "regressive", taking "much more" from the poor than the rich, a respected economic thinktank has found. The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that "unequivocally", low-paid workers will be left worse off by the Budget measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne on…
Rape victims will be forced to justify themselves to the taxman to secure child tax credits under the Government's reforms, MPs have heard. The SNP's Roger Mullin questioned the morality of Chancellor George Osborne's Budget, as he argued women who have been raped would not receive "decent treatment". Support for…
A four-year freeze for working-age benefits and restricting tax credits to two children are among key parts of a blueprint to slash at least another £12 billion-plus a year from the welfare bill. Chancellor George Osborne said it was not fair to taxpayers that the UK was responsible for 7%…
A "pay rise" for Britain with the surprise announcement of a new national living wage has been branded a "con trick" by Scotland's Deputy First Minister. In the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years, Chancellor George Osborne announced that from April next year all workers over the age of…
George Osborne has used the first Tory-only Budget for nearly 20 years to introduce a "living wage", dramatically declaring that "Britain deserves a pay rise". Hailing a new "higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare" Britain, the Chancellor said from next April everyone over 25 would be entitled to £7.20 an…
Scotland would be able to mitigate Conservative cuts to tax credits or other welfare under Labour and SNP plans to give Holyrood the power to create new benefits and top up existing payments, the shadow Scottish secretary has said. Ian Murray said Labour amendments to the Scotland Bill, some of…
More than half of households in the UK receive more from the state in welfare payments and pensions than they pay in tax, according to a new report. The 51.5% of households taking in more than they contribute in 2013/14 is down from a peak of 53.5% in 2010/11, but…
David Cameron is to mount a staunch defence of the Government's welfare curbs, insisting they are at the heart of his drive to create a fairer Britain. Setting out his vision for boosting social mobility, the Prime Minister will argue that the system must help people to get good jobs…
The Government will today face its first big public protests since being elected when politicians, union leaders and celebrities join thousands of people on demonstrations against austerity, spending cuts and nuclear weapons. Organisers predict that the protests in London and Glasgow will be the biggest for years, especially in the…
We know that up to two-thirds of the people turning to the foodbank for help are having problems with the benefits system. That’s why since August 2013, a Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) adviser funded by the Pears Foundation has been working in a foodbank centre in Tower Hamlets, helping…
The Government took an "unlawful and unacceptably long time" to pay new welfare benefits to two unnamed disabled people, a High Court judge has ruled. The judge was told at a recent hearing that vulnerable people have been forced to turn to loan sharks and food banks because of the…