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Universal credit ‘penalises the self-employed’ report warns

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group says welfare change fails to account for fluctuating earnings or one-off expenses.

Work and Pensions Committee publishes ‘damning’ Universal Credit evidence

Committee Chair Frank Field MP highlights 'damning' new evidence showing DWP 'maladministration' is driving Universal Credit claimants to food banks.

Scottish councils set aside MILLIONS to undo ‘devastating’ impact of Universal Credit roll-out

Revelation comes as MPs call on the UK Government to reduce the mandatory six-week waiting time.

Stroke victim died ‘in hunger’ waiting for his first Universal Credit payment

Chris Gold's final days were spent 'in hunger' and worrying about losing his home.

‘Baked in’ six-week Universal Credit wait MUST be reduced, demand MPs

Pressure continues to mount on the UK Government to reduce the 'cruel' minimum six-week wait for universal credit.

Theresa May performs major U-turn on plans to cap housing benefit

PM says government will no longer roll out changes that would have capped benefit for social housing and supported homes.

WASPI women ‘within touching distance’ of monumental state pension victory

Tories cannot necessarily rely on the DUP to help defend 'devastating' changes to women's state pension age.

Labour and rebel Tories secure debate on universal credit rollout

Three-hour parliamentary session to take place as pressure grows to reduce six-week delay before benefits payments begin.

Backbench Tories hint at significant universal credit climbdown

MPs suggest six-week wait for first benefit payment could be reduced to a month despite May’s insistence system is working.

Rethink on housing benefit cap for elderly and vulnerable

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been abandoned.

Andrea Leadsom ‘paved way for tyranny’ over universal credit vote

Veteran Tory MP Edward Leigh attacks leader of Commons for saying government is not bound by Wednesday’s vote.

Labour inflicts symbolic defeat over universal credit rollout

Tories under fire for abstaining from vote hours after work and pensions secretary David Gauke ends helpline charges.

Universal credit helpline charges to be scrapped

Work and pensions secretary says all DWP helplines will become free, one week after Jeremy Corbyn asked Theresa May about issue.

PM will not reduce six-week wait for universal credit despite MPs’ warnings

Government says it believes advance payments system solves problems around delays as Labour urges Tories to support motion to pause rollout of benefit.

Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court

Campaigners are granted judicial review of policy, which stops benefits being paid for more than two children.

DWP ‘deliberately concealing’ universal credit statistics

MPs issue a scathing attack on DWP ministers, as the department is accused of failing to submit evidence to a universal credit inquiry.

Universal credit – or universal disaster?

Few people fully realise the apocalyptic impact universal credit may have on millions of low-income households.

Universal credit flaw puts new welfare system at odds with free school meals

Thinktank says unless design problem is addressed, government could face a £600m bill.

Benefit cuts leave hundreds of thousands exposed to rent increases

At least 500,000 households are facing a shortfall between rent and their housing benefit entitlement.

Our social security system has become a welfare deterrent

Sue Jones writes that social security has been transformed from a system that once aided people in need, to one that punishes them for needing support.

Councils warn of a ‘ticking time bomb’ in number of older homeless people

Local Government Association reveals a 130% rise in older homelessness over the last eight years.

Labour secures vote on ‘flawed’ universal credit roll-out

A least 25 Tory MPs are reportedly prepared to back Labour's call to pause the roll-out of universal credit.

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