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Disabled people take their fight against Tory cuts to the United Nations

Disabled people take complaints about UK Government’s disability rights record to the United Nations.

Health benefits from lone parents welfare to work policies unlikely, research shows

Improvements in health have been used to justify mandating employment for lone parents in receipt of social security benefits.

Mentally ill man found dead on beach after his sickness benefits were removed

"What's the point?": David Metcalf is said to have felt 'frustrated and upset' after being found 'fit for work' by the DWP.

Council leaders call for a ‘national renaissance’ in council house building

Council leaders call on the government to help local authorities build more 'genuinely affordable' homes.

Universal Credit will leave single parents up to £3,100 a year worse off, say Labour

Labour calls on the UK Government to halt the roll-out of its flagship Universal Credit system.

DWP tells woman with Dementia she can ‘care for herself’ and removes her benefits

Cruel decision comes despite the fact that she often forgets to turn off the gas after cooking.

State pension age rise to affect over 50,000 of Theresa May’s constituents

Theresa May's decision to bring forward changes to the state pension age may come back to haunt her.

Scotland could become the first country to ‘end period poverty’

Scottish Labour move to make access to sanitary products a basic human right.

Health inequality gap ‘is still growing’ in England, new Department of Health data shows

Poor people face years of failing health and earlier death compared to the rich, despite government pledges to reduce inequality.

Number of UK homeless expected to double by 2041, Crisis warns

Charity’s research predicts 575,000 people in Britain will have no roof over their heads unless government takes urgent action.

Children’s social services ‘pushed to breaking point’, warn Council leaders

Councils forced to exceed their budgets by £605 million in order to protect children at immediate risk of harm.

This is bad news if you were born in the North of England

People born in the North of England are 20% more likely to die early than those born in the South.

MPs urge government to delay universal credit rollout

MPs’ letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship.

UK judges rule DWP wrong to deny appeals over refused benefits

Department for Work and Pensions unlawfully stopped people going to tribunal to challenge refusals, judges say.

Only 1 in 6 people hit by ‘cruel’ Tory benefit cap claim Jobseeker’s Allowance

Number of households sucked into the benefit cap has rocketed by 214%, DWP figures show.

A million women £32 a week worse off thanks to pension age changes

IFS says increased UK state pension age is lifting earnings from employment but only partially offsetting reduced incomes from other benefits.

Seriously ill gran who needs a nebuliser to help her breath told to find a job

Heartless Department for Work and Pensions continues to treat sick and disabled people with utter contempt.

What you might not know about funding as an unpaid carer

There are a number of ways that care can be funded.

Ministers vow to end employment tribunal fees after court defeat

Supreme court rules fees of up to £1,200 are ‘inconsistent with access to justice’ and government may have to pay back £27m.

Homeless people in Oxford threatened with £2,500 fines

City council under fire after legal notices pinned to rough sleepers’ bags left in shop doorways.

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