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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.

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.

Private firms pocket more than £500m from hated disability benefit assessments

LibDem leader Tim Farron said the exorbitant cost of PIP assessments "adds to the suspicion that these companies are just driven by a profit motive".

Jeremy Corbyn slams ‘shocking rise in homelessness’ in Christmas message (video)

Labour leader says 'no one should be on the streets' in the sixth biggest economy in the world.

Families and disabled people ‘hit worse by rising homelessness’

Labour’s John Healey says figures undermine government’s claim to protect society’s most vulnerable.

Emergency workers earning up to £3,300 less than five years ago, research shows

TUC blasts “scrooge-like” public sector pay cap, as research reveals emergency workers annual wages have dropped by up to £3,300.

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.

Government ‘overstated’ the performance of troubled families programme, say MPs

MPs "unable to find consistent evidence" to prove the Troubled Families Programme has had any significant impact.

Jeremy Corbyn calls for ‘urgent action’ over the deepening social care crisis

The Labour leader has written to Theresa May, calling for "urgent talks" to address a deepening crisis in adult social care.

Labour vows to double number of homes reserved for homeless

Opposition plans to expand charity-run Clearing House scheme to tackle ‘rapidly rising’ problem of rough sleeping.

Labour targets pensioners with pledge to keep triple lock

John McDonnell sets out measures in bid to attract over-65s, who turned away from party in 2015 election.

Tory incompetence has pushed social care to the brink – and you’re paying for it

Why should the public be made to foot the bill for Tory incompetence?

Social care spending falling below £554 minimum in most areas

Postcode lottery revealed as government prepares to allow local authorities to bring forward council tax rises to avert crisis.

Call to end ‘cruel and callous tax’ on child support for domestic abuse survivors

SNP join forces with Scottish women’s organisations to demand an end to child maintenance charges for survivors of domestic abuse.

Tory welfare cuts undermine the UK’s human rights record, says watchdog

Years of cuts to welfare benefits and Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act threaten "Britain’s position as a global leader in human rights".

Shock figures show Tory plans are ‘making social care worse’

Flagship scheme to keep elderly out of hospital missing targets and council tax rise ‘too small to alleviate cutbacks’.

Two-child tax credit limit ‘inhumane’, DWP told

Opponents warn limiting Child Tax Credit to two children could leave larger families unable to meet their children's basic needs.

Government urged to introduce a long-term NHS funding target

The introduction of a new 'NHS Funding Rule' in England would help increase funding by £7 billion over the next five years, think-tank claims says.

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