Disability groups hail court’s support for wheelchair user on bus

Bus drivers must now pressure passengers to make room in ruling described by Doug Paulley as ‘significant cultural change’.

Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims

Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist.

Homeless man kicked out of Starbucks after customer complains he ‘f****** stinks’

Homeless people in the UK are regularly subjected to cruel and callous treatment and are 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse.

HMRC criticised over handling of benefit sanctions contract

Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure.

Westminster council could send homeless families to Coventry

Those who lose homes in capital may increasingly be rehoused outside London as local authorities struggle with cuts.

Scotland use new social security powers to improve Universal Credit

Improvements include the option to have payments made direct to landlords and the option of twice monthly payments.

Revealed: 10 of the worst excuses for underpaying workers the minimum wage

The UK Government has revealed some of the worst excuses given by employers for underpaying staff the National Minimum Wage.

Unsecured debt hits record high of nearly £13,000 per household

TUC says weak wage growth and higher inflation could leave even more families struggling with debt.

Tory tax credit cuts place a ‘considerable burden on those least able to afford it’

Scottish Social Security Minister says plans to limit child tax credit to two children "will further punish families that are already struggling".

Call for clarity on Motability car scheme for disabled people

UK Government urged to clarify whether a mobility car scheme will be extended to more disabled people on disability benefits.

NHS staff morale hits ‘rock bottom’, as confidence in Jeremy Hunt plummets

Morale among NHS staff has hit "rock bottom", with less than 1 in 4 saying they would recommend it as a great place to work.

DWP deliberately blind to the failures of its cruel sanctions regime

Letters: The DWP's cruel benefit sanctions regime is leaving vulnerable people without the means to support themselves. So why isn't anyone listening?

Seven-day NHS plan puts weekday surgeries at risk, warns top GP

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard says government’s pledge to guarantee access to family doctors at weekends is unrealistic.

Zero-hours contracts used to ‘hold down wages’, says think tank

Zero-hours contract workers face a ‘precarious pay penalty’ of £1,000 a year, new analysis suggests.

Scots missing out on £2bn in social security benefits every year

Thousands of people in Scotland are missing out on vital financial support, as more than £2bn in social security benefits remains unclaimed every year.

Third of councils to lose cash in social care changes, says Burnham

Former Labour health secretary says redistribution of the new homes bonus means less money for some local authorities.

Four out five young carers receive no council support, says study

Children’s commissioner calls for local authorities to help more young people who care for sick, disabled or addicted relatives.

Public urged to donate to food banks over Christmas

Demand for food parcels expected to rise by up to 53% in December 2016.

Fears after government abolishes civil service’s child poverty unit

MPs and charities say political focus on reducing level of child poverty in UK has been lost as team is merged into Department for Work and Pensions.

Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities

Lack of housing lawyers has led to fall in number of challenges to evictions at time of record repossessions in rental market.

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