Tuesday, January 23, 2018


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Universal Credit is causing ‘terrible hardship’, says Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader called on the UK Government to halt the roll-out of its flagship welfare reform "before millions of people are made worse off".

PIP: the disability benefit that almost killed my wife

If the personal independence payment experts had bothered to read Bea’s notes, a process that triggered two overdoses might never have started.

Philip Hammond urged to reform universal credit to help younger voters

Chancellor should reverse cuts to universal credit and freezes to working age benefits to address millennials’ poor economic prospects, says thinktank.

Tories forced to clarify tax credits ‘rape clause’ policy

UK Government continue to defend the indefensible 'rape clause' and two-child tax credits policy, says SNP MP.

Tory welfare cuts ‘the driving force’ behind rising food poverty, says SNP

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use his Autumn Budget "to reverse seven years of Tory austerity".

Universal Credit will push a MILLION more children into poverty, report warns

Tories accused of a “colossal failure of public policy”, as charity warns years of cuts have created "an austerity generation whose childhoods and life chances will be scarred".

‘It’s time for the Tories to get real over the living wage’

SNP call for Tories to embrace the 'real living wage'.

‘Work and Health Programme’ providers named

The government has announced the six providers who will run the Work and Health Programme in England and Wales.

Universal Credit ‘pushing single parents with young children into poverty’

Government urged to suspend universal credit job-seeking requirements "until sufficient childcare and flexible work opportunities are available".

Child poverty in Britain set to soar to new record, says thinktank

IFS forecast that 37% of children will be in relative poverty by 2022 would see all progress made in the last 20 years undone.

Benefit cuts fuel surge in demand for vital children’s services

New survey reveals that many councils are struggling to provide children and their families with the support they desperately need.

Universal credit ‘penalises the self-employed’ report warns

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group says welfare change fails to account for fluctuating earnings or one-off expenses.

Universal credit becoming Theresa May’s ‘poll tax moment’, says MP

PM 'burying her head in the sand' over the devastating impact of 'botched' Universal Credit roll-out, says SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP.

Work and Pensions Committee publishes ‘damning’ Universal Credit evidence

Committee Chair Frank Field MP highlights 'damning' new evidence showing DWP 'maladministration' is driving Universal Credit claimants to food banks.

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.

Scottish councils set aside MILLIONS to undo ‘devastating’ impact of Universal Credit roll-out

Revelation comes as MPs call on the UK Government to reduce the mandatory six-week waiting time.

Opinion: Tories are using Universal Credit to silence their critics

Small and independent news publishers and bloggers will struggle to survive under Universal Credit.

‘Baked in’ six-week Universal Credit wait MUST be reduced, demand MPs

Pressure continues to mount on the UK Government to reduce the 'cruel' minimum six-week wait for universal credit.

Housing benefit cap U-turn ‘ends undue stress and anxiety’

SNP welcome climbdown but say a the delay in changes to the policy has caused ‘undue stress and anxiety to the supported housing sector.’

Theresa May performs major U-turn on plans to cap housing benefit

PM says government will no longer roll out changes that would have capped benefit for social housing and supported homes.

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.