Thursday, December 14, 2017


Jeremy Corbyn demands ‘justice’ for Grenfell victims and survivors (video)

Labour leader calls on Government to "ensure the victims, survivors and community get justice".

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.

Universal credit helpline’s festive closure could mean destitution, says MP

Labour MP Frank Field says closure of helpline for eight days over Christmas risks leaving some of poorest claimants without money for food.

Theresa May ‘behaving like Scrooge’ over Universal Credit hardship

Thousands of families are "facing utter misery" over Christmas due to Universal Credit wait, says Unite.

Universal Credit changes ‘do not go far enough’, says Debbie Abrahams

Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said thousands of people will be left without adequate financial support this Christmas.

Labour attacks universal credit as ‘not fit for purpose’

Opposition calls for major changes, including cuts to the six-week period that claimants have to wait for payments.

Families face bleak Christmas due to Universal Credit rollout, says Corbyn

Labour leader says Tory social security policy "is causing debt, hardship and homelessness", and calls for an "immediately pause" to the rollout of Universal Credit.

Landlord threatens mass evictions ahead of universal credit rollout

Lincolnshire property firms sends formal notice of possession to all tenants in case universal credit leads to rent arrears.

Labour accuses Theresa May of ‘stitch-up’ over response to defeats

Ministers will get 12 weeks to prepare statement if Tories lose the vote on opposition day motions.

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.

Corbyn vows to slash household utility bills by £220 a year

Labour reiterates its manifesto pledge to reduce household bills by renationalising utility companies and Royal Mail.

New report proves Jeremy Corbyn was right to warn of an ‘epidemic of low pay’

Only 1 in 6 low-paid workers have been able to permanently 'escape' low pay in the last decade, research shows.

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.

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.

Corbyn confronts May on the Government’s flawed universal credit system (video)

Labour leader said the roll-out of universal credit is already causing 'debt, poverty and homelessness'

Corbyn urges benefits rethink and end to 55p-a-minute helpline rate

Labour leader clashes with Theresa May over universal credit in first PMQs since party conferences.

Labour leadership hopeful says new tax credit proposal could lift 50,000 children out of poverty

The proposal would see an extra £10 a week go to children from low-income Scottish families.

Halt universal credit or rough sleepers will double, says Burnham

Greater Manchester mayor says officials from across public sector including NHS believe rollout should be stopped.

Debbie Abrahams’ speech to Labour Party conference in full

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to "transform our social security system from one that demonises, to one that is supportive and enabling".

Disability campaigner blasts ‘brutal’ Tory treatment of disabled people (video)

Disability rights campaigner Paula Peters condemned the Tory Government's treatment of disabled people at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

DWP data proves Universal Credit is in ‘total disarray’, say Labour

One in four Universal Credit claimants are waiting longer than six weeks to receive their first payment, while half have experienced rent arrears.

Jeremy Corbyn condemns ‘epidemic of low pay’ in speech to TUC Congress

Labour leader told delegates that an 'epidemic of low pay' is 'leaving workers and their families locked in poverty'.

MP lambasts ‘cruel and unfair’ disability benefits system

Labour MP Emma Hardy says the new Personal Independence Payment system is treating people with disabilities 'cruelly and unfairly'.

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