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Stormzy blasts Theresa May over Grenfell at the Brit Awards

"Yo, Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell?"

MSP hails ‘ground-breaking’ commitments in Scottish social security bill

Scots challenging a decision on their social security entitlements will not experience a gap in financial support.

‘Rise in unemployment is further evidence of the Tories’ economic failure’, say Labour

ONS figures show unemployment increased by 46,000 between July to September 2017 and October to December 2017.

SNP MSP calls on big six to back energy credit foodbank scheme

'People should not be left without food, heating and electricity because of cruel Tory policies', says Christina McKelvie

Rise in zero-hours jobs for single parents ‘risks causing child poverty’

Growth of unsuitable self-employment blamed for half of single parent homes being poor.

Jeremy Corbyn vows to take on ‘pernicious and undemocratic’ finance sector

Labour leader will argue the welfare state has been left "to pick up the slack with sticking plaster redistribution to the people".

Twitter failing to protect disabled users from ‘hate-filled’ abuse

'It has become so common that it barely raises an eyebrow and this situation has to change'

Comment on the need for constitutional reform to combat UK poverty

Why a written constitution is urgently needed to challenge a "political system that serves only the interests of the few".

1 in 7 children of public sector workers living in poverty, says TUC

TUC analysis found 550,000 children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in poverty by the end of the current financial year.

Homeless man dies on ‘doorstep’ of Houses of Parliament

MPs criticise government policies after rough sleeper pronounced dead in Westminster area, London.

Windsor council drops plans to fine rough sleepers after outcry

Authority says it will now address anti-social behaviour and rough sleeping separately.

DWP accused of ruining Valentines Day with crude PR stunt

DWP twitter account warned couples not to "ruin Valentine's Day by failing to declare your true circumstances".

Businesses unprepared for threats to disability rights post-Brexit, survey finds

Fears that crucial improvements in disability rights could be reversed post-Brexit.

Brexit uncertainty driving up food prices, claim SNP

Figures show food prices have risen at their fastest rate in four years, as Tories are accused of 'playing games' with the UK's future.

Scotland’s social security system will be scrutinised by an independent body

Commission will take a 'rights-based approach' to scrutiny of all regulations and legislation in relation to social security in Scotland.

Build more homes for older people to ease pressure on NHS, say MPs

New report argues that more needs to be done to encourage the development of suitable housing for older people.

Councils used as ‘human shields’ for cuts, says John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor accuses government of forcing cash-strapped councils to absorb cuts.

PM urged to ‘end the injustice’ faced by WASPI women

SNP Leader at Westminster Ian Blackford says the PM "should do the right thing" and give WASPI women the pension they "rightfully deserve".

Esther McVey quits Samaritans advisory board amid pressure from campaigners

New Work and Pensions Secretary once boasted that 300,000 disabled people would lose their benefits when reassessed for Personal Independence Payments.

‘Tories are letting global tax dodgers off the hook’, say Labour

Tories accused of "dragging their feet" on ensuring the super-rich and big corporations pay their fair share in tax.

Government urged to ban the scourge of zero-hours contracts

TUC says insecure work allows employers to treat some workers like "second class citizens", many of whom struggle to "budget for their weekly shop".

Hundreds of Merseyside military veterans to get help with housing problems

The homeless charity Shelter has launched a new local service to support older armed forces veterans struggling with housing issues and other problems.

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