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Philip Hammond's Budget will do nothing for those "massacred" by the Universal Credit welfare reforms, a veteran MP has said. Frank Field, who chairs the Commons' Work and Pensions Committee, poured scorn over the Chancellor's Budget. He told MPs it would do little to help those who have been left…
Philip Hammond used his Budget to offer early tax cuts for millions of workers and extra cash for Whitehall departments, as he began the process of easing austerity. Boosted by improved public finance forecasts, the Chancellor promised a "brighter future" after years of constraint imposed following the financial crash. Measures…
A charity is warning of a "hidden crisis" of childhood poverty after reporting that demand for its services has never been greater. London-based Little Village said it had supported almost 2,000 families since it was set up two years ago, handing out hundreds of cots, buggies and nappy supplies. Half…
Philip Hammond will announce a £2 billion increase in funding for mental health services as he delivers what is expected to be his final Budget before Britain leaves the EU. After weeks of turmoil over Brexit, Tory MPs will be looking to the Chancellor to raise party morale with his…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has acknowledged further change is needed to the system of Universal Credit (UC) amid fresh warnings it is causing "unacceptable" hardship to claimants.Ms McVey (pictured) denied presiding over a culture of "indifference" after a committee of MPs accused her department of turning a "deaf…
Universal Credit is causing unacceptable hardship for many of its claimants, according to a report from a public spending watchdog.It suggested the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to be turning a "deaf ear" to these concerns.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the department's "fortress mentality" is failing claimants…
Half of premature deaths have been linked to risk factors such as smoking and obesity in a new study.An unhealthy diet, not exercising enough, alcohol and drug use, high blood pressure and environmental factors such as air pollution were also to blame, researchers said.While overall rates of premature death have…
A Scottish Conservative MSP has defended welfare reforms, claiming those who do not work “cannot have as many children as they like”.Michelle Ballantyne also told the Scottish Parliament’s chamber that Universal Credit was a “key part of reducing inequality in this country”.She said the six-in-one benefit payment was “working for…
Britain is in danger of becoming a "two-speed society" with some groups excluded from the prosperity and rights enjoyed by others, the country's equality body has warned.At-risk groups are in danger of being forgotten and "trapped in disadvantage", said the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Its study found that progress made…
The handling of Universal Credit has been a "slow-motion disaster" which risks plunging hundreds of thousands of people into poverty, Sir Vince Cable has claimed.The Liberal Democrat leader, who was in the coalition government which launched the welfare reform project, said the system was now on "life support" and needed…
A homelessness charity wants ministers to bring forward legislation to place a seven-day limit on the use of unsuitable temporary homeless accommodation, such as B&Bs.Crisis surveyed homeless people living in B&Bs, hotels or unsupported hostels in six council areas in Scotland and found many felt isolated and depressed and were…
Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland has called on all social workers to become poverty aware and to become anti-poverty practitioners. Speaking on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, at an anti-poverty practice seminar at Queens University for social work students and staff, Sean Holland emphasised that social…
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