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Report calls for ‘major reform’ of adult social care funding

Inadequate funding is driving down the quality of adult social care provision, MPs warn.

Up to 500,000 sick and disabled to receive £1,400 a year less in benefits

Cruel changes mean up to a half a million of the UK's most vulnerable citizens will see lower benefit payments.

Disability benefit assessments ‘failing those who need help the most’

Independent report find lack of public trust in the 'fairness and consistency' of Personal Independence Payment assessments.

Poorest UK families struggle to put food on the table, survey finds

One in four low-income households does not eat regularly or healthily because of a lack of money, Food Standards Agency says.

Thousands to protest against ‘cruel and ineffective’ benefit sanctions regime

Campaigners will target more than 80 jobcentres across the UK, as part of a 'national day of action' to stop benefit sanctions.

Tories may cause ‘irreparable damage’ to homeless services, charity warns

Funding for homeless services has been cut by 45% since 2010/11 - and could be reduced even further.

DWP minister admits disabled people are wrongly refused benefits

Admission adds weight to allegations that cuts have left the welfare system unfit for purpose.

Rio Ferdinand slams Tory plans to cut bereavement benefits for grieving parents

The former England and Manchester United star says the government is wrong to put a time limit on recovering from bereavement.

NHS draws up list of items to be banned from prescriptions

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens removes gluten-free food and medication for upset stomachs and haemorrhoids from list of prescribed items.

Half of young mums skip meals to feed their children, survey shows

The survey by the Young Women's Trust also reveals that more than a quarter have used a food bank.

Tory housing benefit cuts ‘put young people at risk of homelessness’

Scotland's social security secretary says axing housing benefit for 18-21-year-olds risks pushing young Scots onto the streets.

Syrian asylum seekers in UK forced into poverty

Exploited refugees in low-pay jobs live in squalor.

Ministers to reverse universal credit policy for homeless families

Households in rollout areas to receive housing benefit after new system found to be incompatible with councils’ obligations.

Labour council accused of ‘criminalising homelessness’

Rochdale Borough Council urged to ditch proposals banning people from 'placing themselves in a position to beg or solicit money'.

State pension age must rise again, says report

Those aged around 40 should expect to work at least until the age of 68, with the future of the triple-lock also thrown into doubt.

Councils need ‘full flexibility’ on how they spend £2bn social care funding

Council leaders say local authorities in England should be able to target the extra cash where it's needed most.

‘Benefit cuts fuelling rising homelessness’, charity warns

Housing shortage and Tory cuts to social security benefits "fuelling" rising homelessness crisis in England, report says.

Disabled fear Medicaid cuts will diminish their independence

Fears US states may be tempted to drop home-based services for the disabled.

Homelessness and housing problems reach crisis point in all EU countries – except Finland

Report on ‘alarming evidence’ of rising homelessness singles out UK for criticism while warning that one in 70 Athens residents are homeless.

Republicans want to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits

Plans will allow US states to begin requiring those seeking unemployment benefits to participate in drug testing.

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