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.

Eight billionaires own as much wealth as half the world population

Oxfam report reveals the wealth gap between richest and poor is even greater than feared.

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.

Thousands of jobs to go in government shakeout of welfare to work sector

Funding to shrink by 75% from March when work programme is replaced by much smaller work and health programme.

Care home closures set to rise as funding crisis bites

Insolvencies among care home operators are at a record high and likely to continue without government action.

Jeremy Hunt accused of watering down four-hour A&E waiting target

Health secretary tells MPs only people with urgent health problems should be expected to be seen within that period.

Two-thirds of UK households consider themselves to be ‘just about managing’

This is the social economic group the Government pledged to help in the recent Autumn Statement.

NHS faces ‘humanitarian crisis’ as demand rises, British Red Cross warns

Senior doctor calls health service ‘broken’ after deaths of two patients left to wait on trolleys at Worcestershire Royal hospital.

Social care crisis: MPs put May under pressure to act fast

Select committee chairs send frank letter to prime minister as fears grow that Brexit could overshadow ‘immense challenge’.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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'.

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