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McDonnell defends calling Tory MP ‘stain of inhumanity’

Comment about Esther McVey was made in anger but it is ‘better to be honest with people’, says shadow chancellor.

Work capability assessment ‘may cost me my life’

David suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage but was still ordered to prove he was unfit for work by the DWP.

No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May, says minister

Damian Green, the work and pensions secretary, hints at end to austerity agenda, promising no further raids on benefits.

Housing crisis ‘driving younger and older generations apart’

Soaring property prices are making more neighbourhoods inaccessible to the under 50s, report reveals.
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TUC backs calls for ‘inhuman’ fit for work tests to be scrapped (video)

Motion backs calls for 'fit for work tests' to be scrapped and replaced by a fair and humane process for determining work capability.

Thousands of care leavers hit by benefit sanctions in the last two years

Children's society says benefit sanctions are leaving thousands of care leavers hungry and in debt.

Social care cuts ‘placing an unacceptable burden on unpaid carers’ – report

Report also says 'older people are paying the price for cuts to social care', with a rising number left without any support at all.

Government announces exemptions to housing benefit cap

Work and pensions secretary says local housing allowance cap will be deferred after opposition from charities and Labour.

Treasury refuses to hold inquiry into Concentrix tax credits contract

Despite cross-party criticism of mistakes made by the firm, Treasury says there is no need ‘to go into inquiries etc etc'.

‘Reign of terror’ tax credit company loses HMRC contract

US firm Concentrix heavily criticised by Frank Field will not be given further work by tax collector.

Housing benefit cuts linked to 10% rise in mental health problems

Report highlights the devastating impact of housing benefit cuts on the mental health of private sector tenants.

DWP slammed over ‘not fit for purpose’ child maintenance service

Charities warn the new service puts domestic abuse survivors at risk.

UK jobs market ‘skating on thin ice’ since Brexit vote, says survey

Report from 2,100 employers suggests cracks are starting to appear in areas including financial services, construction and utilities.

Oxfam calls on Theresa May to tackle rising UK inequality

Anti-poverty charity said Britain’s richest 1% are 20 times wealthier than the poorest 13 million people.

NHS chiefs warn that hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse

Theresa May urged to boost funding or ration care to head off escalating cash crisis and avoid ‘1990s-style decline’.

Diabetic man left too poor to eat after benefits cut forced to have leg amputated

David says he couldn't afford to manage his condition after being sanctioned for five months by the DWP.

Benefit cuts blamed for 51% surge in use of bailiffs for council tax debts

London has seen a 51% hike in the use of bailiffs to chase down the debts from the capital’s poorest households.

Tories accused of ‘weaponising welfare against the disabled’

Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley says UK Government is "weaponising welfare against those least able to defend themselves".

Backsliding on National Living Wage ‘would be costly for millions of low paid workers’

Resolution Foundation says PM Theresa May should allow the 'in-built flexibility' of the 'National Living Wage' to 'take its course'.

Shock 21% rise in zero-hours contracts sparks calls for immediate ban

Unite says UK Government should follow the example set by New Zealand and outlaw zero hours contracts.

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