Tuesday, January 23, 2018


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Backbench Tories hint at significant universal credit climbdown

MPs suggest six-week wait for first benefit payment could be reduced to a month despite May’s insistence system is working.

Corbyn vows to slash household utility bills by £220 a year

Labour reiterates its manifesto pledge to reduce household bills by renationalising utility companies and Royal Mail.

Andrea Leadsom ‘paved way for tyranny’ over universal credit vote

Veteran Tory MP Edward Leigh attacks leader of Commons for saying government is not bound by Wednesday’s vote.

Universal Credit: ‘Forcing people into hunger does not incentivise work’ – Mhairi Black MP

Watch SNP firebrand Mhairi Black tear apart the Tories' reasoning behind cruel social security reforms.

MPs are treating our democracy and the public with callous contempt

Politicians are putting their own self interests and those of their party before the needs of the people they are elected to serve.

Labour inflicts symbolic defeat over universal credit rollout

Tories under fire for abstaining from vote hours after work and pensions secretary David Gauke ends helpline charges.

Universal credit helpline charges to be scrapped

Work and pensions secretary says all DWP helplines will become free, one week after Jeremy Corbyn asked Theresa May about issue.

SNP call for worker’s rights to be redefined to protect people in insecure jobs

Party says worker's rights should be 'front and centre' of political debate due to the 'rapidly changing world of work'

SNP challenge MPs to halt universal credit roll-out

SNP urge MPs from across the political divide to vote on today's debate and halt universal credit.

PM will not reduce six-week wait for universal credit despite MPs’ warnings

Government says it believes advance payments system solves problems around delays as Labour urges Tories to support motion to pause rollout of benefit.

Scotland urged to take action on fuel poverty as thousands die from cold homes

Campaigners call on the Scottish Government to improve the energy efficiency of Scotland's homes.

Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court

Campaigners are granted judicial review of policy, which stops benefits being paid for more than two children.
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‘No-deal’ Brexit likely to hit low-income families hardest

Sharp price rises could cost average household £260 a year if UK leaves EU without a trade deal while richest will be least affected.

DWP ‘deliberately concealing’ universal credit statistics

MPs issue a scathing attack on DWP ministers, as the department is accused of failing to submit evidence to a universal credit inquiry.

PIP failing people with epilepsy, says charity

Leading charity warns new disability benefit is putting the lives of people with epilepsy at risk.

PM invited to Scotland summit to hear ‘horrifying stories’ on universal credit

SNP MP Drew Hendry says Tories know flagship reform isn't working and should halt its roll-out.

Chancellor urged to lower tax rate on universal credit

Conservative MP calls on Philip Hammond to cut rate to allow people receiving in-work benefits to work more hours without facing such heavy tax.

Davidson accused of ‘falsely’ claiming universal credit six-week wait has been scrapped

SNP slam 'totally incorrect' assumption and warn of 'devastating impact' on Scottish households.

Benefit cuts leave hundreds of thousands exposed to rent increases

At least 500,000 households are facing a shortfall between rent and their housing benefit entitlement.

Our social security system has become a welfare deterrent

Sue Jones writes that social security has been transformed from a system that once aided people in need, to one that punishes them for needing support.

Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge

Campaigners are concerned complexity of new benefit and poor staff training are contributing to long and repeated calls.

Labour secures vote on ‘flawed’ universal credit roll-out

A least 25 Tory MPs are reportedly prepared to back Labour's call to pause the roll-out of universal credit.