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Monthly Archives: December 2016

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

Tories urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords.

Zero-hours contracts used to ‘hold down wages’, says think tank

Zero-hours contract workers face a ‘precarious pay penalty’ of £1,000 a year, new analysis suggests.

Lengthy waits to see GPs may pose serious risk to patients, says top doctor

People with non-urgent conditions may be neglected amid long waiting times, leading to acute problems, warns head of GPs’ body.

Scots missing out on £2bn in social security benefits every year

Thousands of people in Scotland are missing out on vital financial support, as more than £2bn in social security benefits remains unclaimed every year.

Third of councils to lose cash in social care changes, says Burnham

Former Labour health secretary says redistribution of the new homes bonus means less money for some local authorities.

Private firms pocket more than £500m from hated disability benefit assessments

LibDem leader Tim Farron said the exorbitant cost of PIP assessments "adds to the suspicion that these companies are just driven by a profit motive".

Four out five young carers receive no council support, says study

Children’s commissioner calls for local authorities to help more young people who care for sick, disabled or addicted relatives.
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Jeremy Corbyn slams ‘shocking rise in homelessness’ in Christmas message (video)

Labour leader says 'no one should be on the streets' in the sixth biggest economy in the world.

Families and disabled people ‘hit worse by rising homelessness’

Labour’s John Healey says figures undermine government’s claim to protect society’s most vulnerable.

Emergency workers earning up to £3,300 less than five years ago, research shows

TUC blasts “scrooge-like” public sector pay cap, as research reveals emergency workers annual wages have dropped by up to £3,300.

Rough sleepers face high levels of abuse by public, study finds

Homeless people report being kicked in the head, sexually assaulted, having bedding set on fire and being urinated on.

‘Dramatic rise’ in people trying to work out benefit entitlements

Turn2us has seen a 34% rise in people using its benefits calculator, as charity warns 'people continue to struggle to make ends meet'.

Public urged to donate to food banks over Christmas

Demand for food parcels expected to rise by up to 53% in December 2016.

Fears after government abolishes civil service’s child poverty unit

MPs and charities say political focus on reducing level of child poverty in UK has been lost as team is merged into Department for Work and Pensions.

DWP staff told to focus on sanctions rather than processing benefit appeals

SNP MP calls for benefit sanctions to be halted over the festive period.

Government ‘overstated’ the performance of troubled families programme, say MPs

MPs "unable to find consistent evidence" to prove the Troubled Families Programme has had any significant impact.

Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities

Lack of housing lawyers has led to fall in number of challenges to evictions at time of record repossessions in rental market.

Jeremy Corbyn calls for ‘urgent action’ over the deepening social care crisis

The Labour leader has written to Theresa May, calling for "urgent talks" to address a deepening crisis in adult social care.

More than 2,500 children unlawfully housed in B&Bs

Homelessness statistics show 24% increase in households with children residing in B&Bs for longer than six weeks in England.

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