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Victory for campaigners as thousands could get higher disability benefits

Government decides not to appeal High Court judgement that changes to disability benefits discriminate against people with mental health problems.

PM refuses to apologise over universal credit misery

Theresa May confronted by SNP MP on plight of sanctioned Glasgow woman pushed to the brink of homelessness.

Tories accused of benefit fraud ‘witch hunt’ as 87% of public tip-offs lack any real evidence

Freedom of information request reveals 87% of benefit fraud allegations by members of the members are unsubstantiated.

Welfare slasher Esther McVey handed top job at DWP

McVey notoriously aided Iain Duncan Smith in enforcing a raft of draconian welfare changes and boasted about cutting benefits for disabled people.

Theresa May urged ‘not to reward failure’ in cabinet reshuffle

Fears Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt could be promoted to replace disgraced Damien Green as defacto Deputy PM.

Universal Credit: ‘People are dying waiting for their claims’, says MP

SNP MP Drew Hendry says the UK government is failing terminally ill people who make a claim for universal credit.

‘Clock is ticking’ for Tory government to support WASPI women

UK government has just five weeks to provide a response to parliament after commons defeat.

Millions face another year of falling wages and growing poverty

Chancellor Philip Hammond compared to Ebeneezer Scrooge as SNP call for an end to Tory cuts.

May accused of ignoring the plight of terminally ill universal credit claimants

Universal credit claimants with a terminal illness forced to meet with work coaches, or fit into an arbitrary 6 month prognosis in order to claim support.

May accused of ‘callousness’ over plight of homeless families

Labour MP says prime minister’s defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling.

MPs condemn ‘abject failure’ of homelessness policy

Public accounts committee says homelessness is a national crisis and DCLG has been unacceptably complacent.

DWP rebuked over ‘terrible’ response to PIP review

Response "is a terrible missed opportunity" to immediately improve the Personal Independence Payment assessment process, says Frank Field MP.

Tories could be forced to conduct an assessment on the impact of welfare changes

Labour has secured a vote to force the Government to conduct an assessment of the impact of social security changes on disadvantaged groups.

David Gauke claims benefit sanctions help people into work (video)

Work and Pensions Secretary defended the Government's controversial benefit sanctions regime on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

DWP agrees to reform benefit appeals process following pressure from MPs

80% target for upholding original PIP and ESA decisions at the first stage of appeal will be dropped.

Work capability assessment ‘failing the most vulnerable in society’

SNP MP says the UK Government's controversial work capability assessment system is 'not fit for purpose' and should be reviewed.

Low-income households at risk as mortgage support benefit is axed

Crucial welfare payment will be turned into a loan from 2018, affecting 124,000 individuals who rely on it.

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher’s scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities.

The road to ‘Cash Not Care’ – a personal voyage of research discovery

Disabled researcher and military veteran speaks about her own experiences of dealing with the DWP and the UK's welfare system.

Philip Hammond just blamed disabled people for the UK’s productivity crisis

Chancellor appeared to suggest that disabled people were to blame for a productivity crisis in the UK labour market, while giving evidence to the Commons Treasury Committee.

Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports

DWP forced to hand internal assessment reports to the work and pensions committee, but MPs say the public should also be allowed access.

UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty

Almost 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more pensioners plunged into poverty in past four years, new study finds.

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