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Social Security

Tories urged to end four-year benefits freeze to tackle child poverty

Rise in the cost of living set to easily outstrip 'meagre' increases in child benefit, a new report reveals.

Universal Credit has pushed 86% of claimants in council housing into rent arrears

Shocking research reveals Iain Duncan Smith's flagship benefit has left almost 9 in 10 claimants living in council housing in rent arrears.

DWP ‘deliberately misleading the public’ about the impact of housing benefit cuts

DWP accused of "peddling lies and deliberately misleading the public" about the impact of cuts to housing benefit for young people.

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings.

SNP MP vows to keep fighting ‘brutal’ benefit sanctions regime

Mhairi Black has vowed to be “a thorn in the side” of the UK Government over the “horrific and unfair” benefit sanctions regime.

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".

‘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'.

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.

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.

Benefits and tax credits payment dates Christmas 2016

If you're in receipt of benefits or tax credits in the UK, you should be paid early over Christmas and New Year. Here are the dates you need.

Tory welfare cuts undermine the UK’s human rights record, says watchdog

Years of cuts to welfare benefits and Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act threaten "Britain’s position as a global leader in human rights".

Teenager took his own life after Jobcentre staff threatened to axe his benefits

David Brown, 18, took his own life after Jobcentre staff threatened to sanction his Jobseeker's Allowance, a coroner's inquest heard.

In-work sanctions are incompatible with ‘halving the disability employment gap’

The government have introduced in-work benefit sanctions for low paid and part-time workers.

Work is not a ‘health’ outcome

Some people’s work is undoubtedly a source of wellbeing, but that is not the same thing as being “good for health”.

Neoliberalism and inequality are strongly linked with increasing ill-health

Research suggests the health of the nation has been detrimentally affected by neoliberal economic and social policies.

No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits

Theresa May’s spokesman says sanctioning obese people who refuse help is not under consideration after report dismissed idea.

Tory welfare policy ‘historically obsolete’, say researchers

Historical research shows the NHS and welfare state are fundamental to a healthy, productive economy.

Welfare cuts to cost Scottish households an extra £1bn a year

The most deprived areas of Scotland are expected to be hit hardest by welfare changes announced since 2015.

MPs damn US firm over ‘cut first, think later’ approach to tax credit claimants

Concentrix and HMRC castigated by Commons committee after fraud reduction strategy saw thousands wrongly stripped of benefits.

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