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MPs have hit out at the Government for "barely paying lip service" to the needs of millions of carers after ministers rejected calls for stronger support to help them stay in employment. Commons Work and Pensions Committee chairman Frank Field accused the Government of giving a "non-response" to reforms recommended…
Child poverty rose by 3% last year, sparked by a cut of up to £150 in the income of Britain's poorest families, a new report suggests. While middle-income households saw their income growth fall to 0.9%, its lowest level since 2012, those in the poorest 30% of households fell by…
A "significant" number of people are struggling to navigate the Government's flagship Universal Credit benefits system, according to a new study. Research by Citizens Advice found that more than a third of those helped by the charity found it difficult to provide evidence on issues such as health, housing and…
More than half of homeless families in temporary accommodation are in work, figures show. Some 55% of families are holding down a job despite having nowhere stable to live, research by Shelter's social housing commission has found. It estimated that there are currently around 33,000 "working homeless", which has risen…
Tens of thousands of disabled people denied welfare benefits due to Government error are to receive additional back-payments totalling as much as £150 million. The payout results from a decision by Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey to ditch a policy of refusing to reimburse missed payments dating back before…
Lone parents and their children are going to the UK's highest court in a battle against the Government's controversial benefit cap. Supreme Court justices will hear several challenges over the lawfulness of the measure in cases brought against the Work and Pensions Secretary. Part of the proceedings in London, which…
Labour's bid to force the Government to dock the pay of Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has been voted down by MPs. The motion to "sanction" Ms McVey, by freezing her pay for four weeks after she misled MPs over the Government's flagship welfare reforms, was defeated by 305…
Esther McVey is facing calls to lose four weeks' ministerial pay after misleading MPs over the Government's flagship welfare reforms. Labour wants to "sanction" the Work and Pensions Secretary for her handling of Universal Credit (UC), which has included a public row with the National Audit Office (NAO). The Opposition's…
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford urged the Conservatives to "press the reset button" on austerity and learn from the Scottish Government on economic policy. Mr Blackford contrasted the policies implemented by the two governments and press Downing Street to move closer to the position north of the border, at a…
Tenants receiving Universal Credit are collectively in £24 million worth of rent arrears, housing associations have warned. The findings were compiled from surveys of 118 housing associations across Britain. They were released by the National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish…
Esther McVey has been forced to issue an embarrassing apology to MPs after a public row with Whitehall's spending watchdog. The Work and Pensions Secretary said she had "inadvertently misled" the Commons by claiming that the National Audit Office (NAO) had called for the roll-out of the Universal Credit benefit…
The Government's policies have created a "hostile environment causing grave violations on disabled people", Labour has claimed. Minister of State for disabled people, health and work Sarah Newton appealed to Opposition MPs in the Commons to "stop saying things which they know are not true" during a heated exchange with…
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