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Lords Rebuff Tory Plan To Cut ESA For Second Time

Peers vote 286-219 to prolong cut of £30 a week to benefits of ill and disabled after first delay in January.

Disability Campaigners Gather At Supreme Court For Bedroom Tax Cases

Women’s rights groups also among activists outside court where judges will consider appeals claiming tax is discriminatory.

Bedroom Tax Challenged At Supreme Court – Guardian

The supreme court is to hear legal challenges from disabled people who say the 'bedroom tax' illegally discriminates against them and their families.

BT Accused Of ‘Shameless Profiteering’ Over Universal Credit Helpline

Tim Farron estimates the telecoms company has made a minimum of £1.49m from calls made by people struggling with the new benefits system.

Stop Personal Attacks On Anti-EU Tories, Duncan Smith Tells Cameron

Work and pensions secretary also accuses PM of talking down Britain in a sign of rising tensions at senior Tory levels over EU referendum.

Scottish Government Vows To ‘Remove The Stigma Attached To Accessing Benefits’

Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil says the delivery of social security benefits should be based on the key principles of dignity, fairness and respect.

Extend Sick Pay Rights To Help Older People Stay In Work, Report Says

The number of older people leaving the labour force prematurely, due to ill-health or caring responsibilities, is at record highs.

‘Victory’: Campaigners Welcome DWP U-Turn Over Publishing Child Poverty Statistics

Iain Duncan Smith has now agreed to continue publishing income-related child poverty statistics.

Number Of People Sleeping Rough In England Rises By Almost A Third In A Year

An estimated 3,569 people are sleeping on streets on any one night, government figures show.

Disabled Children ‘Excluded From Their Own Communities’, Report Says

A new report due to be launched in parliament on Wednesday, reveals that disabled children with multiple needs face severe barriers to accessing play services, which effectively means they are often being "excluded from their own communities". The report - Making...

Callous Tories Press Ahead With ‘Damaging’ Disability Benefit Cuts

MPs in the House of Commons voted by 306 to 279 to slash Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by £30 a week.

Plans To Freeze Benefits For Four Years ‘Will Hit 7 Million Children’

Government freeze on tax credits and jobseekers’ allowance could cost families 12% of their benefits, says report.

Appoint Individual To Protect Rights Of The Vulnerable, Report Suggests

Review into Winterbourne View scandal says system is still failing to care for those with learning disabilities.

New £200,000 Scheme Will Help More Disabled Scots Participate In Politics

New pilot scheme has the potential to "smash the financial barriers disabled people face accessing politics", say disability rights campaigners.

Bishop Rejects David Cameron’s Mental Health Welfare Reforms

Dr Alan Smith, the bishop of St Albans, says proposed cuts will hit those the prime minister says he wants to help.

Warm Homes Discount Scheme Delays Leave Vulnerable People In The Cold

Pensioners and others who qualify for help to meet higher winter fuel bills are not being paid until end of February or March.

Disability Activists Say LSE Wrong To Shelve Welfare Lecture

Black Triangle among groups backing free speech, claiming college over-reacted to retorts about Adam Perkins benefits theory.

Labour Considers ‘Universal Basic Income’ Policy

John McDonnell has said that the Labour Party will consider universal basic income as a part of its new economic policy.

Cameron’s EU Migrant Benefit Brake ‘Largely Irrelevant’, Says Corbyn

As 28 EU members meet to agree a deal on the UK’s demands for EU reform, Labour leader brands whole renegotiation a ‘theatrical sideshow’.

Iain Duncan Smith Refuses To Set Up Freephone For Families Claiming Benefits

Universal credit system will be claimed either online or by ringing an 0345 number, which costs 45p a minute from mobile or 12p a minute from landline.

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