Tories urged to end four-year benefits freeze to tackle child poverty

Rise in the cost of living set to easily outstrip 'meagre' increases in child benefit, a new report reveals.

More than 5,700 children in Scotland living in temporary accommodation

Shelter Scotland has called on the Scottish Government 'to commit to a new national homelessness strategy'.

HMRC criticised over handling of benefit sanctions contract

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

Universal Credit has pushed 86% of claimants in council housing into rent arrears

Shocking research reveals Iain Duncan Smith's flagship benefit has left almost 9 in 10 claimants living in council housing in rent arrears.

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.

DWP ‘deliberately misleading the public’ about the impact of housing benefit cuts

DWP accused of "peddling lies and deliberately misleading the public" about the impact of cuts to housing benefit for young people.

Thousands of jobs to go in government shakeout of welfare to work sector

Funding to shrink by 75% from March when work programme is replaced by much smaller work and health programme.

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.

Care home closures set to rise as funding crisis bites

Insolvencies among care home operators are at a record high and likely to continue without government action.

Jeremy Hunt accused of watering down four-hour A&E waiting target

Health secretary tells MPs only people with urgent health problems should be expected to be seen within that period.

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.

Two-thirds of UK households consider themselves to be ‘just about managing’

This is the social economic group the Government pledged to help in the recent Autumn Statement.

NHS faces ‘humanitarian crisis’ as demand rises, British Red Cross warns

Senior doctor calls health service ‘broken’ after deaths of two patients left to wait on trolleys at Worcestershire Royal hospital.

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".

Social care crisis: MPs put May under pressure to act fast

Select committee chairs send frank letter to prime minister as fears grow that Brexit could overshadow ‘immense challenge’.

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.

Universal basic income trials being considered in Scotland

Two councils, Fife and Glasgow, are investigating idea of offering everyone a fixed income regardless of earnings.

SNP MP vows to keep fighting ‘brutal’ benefit sanctions regime

Mhairi Black has vowed to be “a thorn in the side” of the UK Government over the “horrific and unfair” benefit sanctions regime.

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?

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