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MSP hails ‘ground-breaking’ commitments in Scottish social security bill

Scots challenging a decision on their social security entitlements will not experience a gap in financial support.

Poorer Britons face three years of income stagnation, says report

Resolution Foundation warns of rising inequality amid cuts to working-age benefits.

SNP MSP calls on big six to back energy credit foodbank scheme

'People should not be left without food, heating and electricity because of cruel Tory policies', says Christina McKelvie

Tories failing disabled people over ‘substantial’ cost of living

Disability charity Scope calls for a "complete rethink" on how disabled people are supported to cover extra £570 a month living costs.

Comment on the need for constitutional reform to combat UK poverty

Why a written constitution is urgently needed to challenge a "political system that serves only the interests of the few".

DWP quietly drop plans for a softer approach to benefit sanctions

Tories claim there isn't enough time in the parliamentary calendar for a change in legislation.

More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010

Groundbreaking Demos study reveals ‘culture of disbelief’ about disability among jobcentre staff leads to money being docked.

1 in 7 children of public sector workers living in poverty, says TUC

TUC analysis found 550,000 children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in poverty by the end of the current financial year.

Disability benefit assessments must be recorded, says Work and Pensions Committee

Failures by private companies risk undermining the entire benefit assessment system, an influential group of MPs has warned.

DWP splash out more than £100m trying to deny disabled people vital benefits

A former Tory minister described the amount as "staggering", adding it "clearly indicates that something is seriously wrong with the system".

Scotland’s social security system will be scrutinised by an independent body

Commission will take a 'rights-based approach' to scrutiny of all regulations and legislation in relation to social security in Scotland.

‘Substantial minority’ of disability claimants failed by system – MPs

Committee outlines assessment failings, including woman asked why she had not killed herself.

Esther McVey quits Samaritans advisory board amid pressure from campaigners

New Work and Pensions Secretary once boasted that 300,000 disabled people would lose their benefits when reassessed for Personal Independence Payments.

Benefits freeze to remain in force for at least another year

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams MP, said the freeze "has had an extremely detrimental impact upon millions of people on low incomes".

Private firms pocket £824m from ‘brutal’ disability benefit assessments

DWP accused of "rewarding failure" after auditors brand some PIP assessments "unacceptable" and number of appeal victories hit new high.

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge

Lawyers for terminally ill man who say new system costs him almost £200 a month win right to judicial review.

Former DWP employee ‘sanctioned for going to a funeral’ in fear of eviction

Garreth Forrest saw his benefit payments slashed by more than £500 a month.

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds

Large families and jobless worst hit by rising costs and austerity, with 32% and 36% missing meals.

DWP refuse over half of emergency requests for ‘lifeline’ benefit payments

Labour MP Frank Field says the UK Government is creating "state-sponsored destitution", as new figures show a "gaping hole" in the welfare safety net.

Government to review 1.6m disability benefit claims after U-turn

Estimated 220,000 claimants will get backdated higher personal independence payments.

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

Welfare scheme a ‘significant risk’ to public spending, warns Office for Budget Responsibility.

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