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Shelter issues Christmas homelessness warning

Research by the charity reveals that the number of calls to its helpline has increased by 25% over the last year.

Disadvantaged children face worse outcomes in some rich areas – report

Britain is in a ‘spiral of ever-growing division’ with rural and coastal regions being left behind, warns social mobility tsar.

Benefit freeze to stay for working people costing typical family £300 a year

Tories accused of using royal engagement to bury bad news as welfare freeze remains for another 12 months from April.

Inquiry into disability benefits ‘deluged’ by tales of despair

More than 3,000 people have written to work and pensions committee in despair at system, many saying they have been driven to suicidal thoughts.

More than 300,000 Brits will wake up homeless this Christmas

Charity calls on members of the public to help support homeless people over the festive season.

Universal Credit changes ‘do not go far enough’, says Debbie Abrahams

Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said thousands of people will be left without adequate financial support this Christmas.

DWP accused of ignoring the plight of thousands of WASPI women

FOI request reveals the Department for Work and Pensions has received thousands of complaints related to state pension age changes.

Tories under pressure over Universal Credit ‘flaws and failings’

SNP to present a 'Ten Minute Rule Bill' at Westminster, aimed at improving the options available for Universal Credit claimants.

Minimum wage ‘downgrade’ to cost low-paid over £500 a year

'National Living Wage' expected to fall short of the £9.10 an hour by 2021, promised by George Osborne.

Council proposes £1,000 fines for homeless sleeping in tents

Stoke-on-Trent council called ‘callous’ for proposing penalty notice in city centre followed by court appearance and fine.

Britain on course for the longest fall in living standards since records began

Resolution Foundation says Brits face the "longest period of continuous falls in disposable incomes in over 60 years".

Higher rate UK taxpayers gain most in budget changes

Rise in personal tax allowance benefits higher ratepayers by £340 a year with basic rate band £70 better off and universal credit recipients better by just 50p per week.

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare system rollout to be paused and fixed.

Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘astonishing failure’ after GP numbers fall by 1,190

NHS figures show drop of 1,193 family doctors in past year, despite pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 by 2020.

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1 in 4 pensioners to use heating allowance for food and Christmas presents

Research reveals the financial difficulties faced by older people struggling to keep their homes warm as winter approaches.

Hammond urged to give public sector workers a ‘generous’ pay rise

Public sector workers have been battered by pay austerity since 2010, says Unite.

Labour attacks universal credit as ‘not fit for purpose’

Opposition calls for major changes, including cuts to the six-week period that claimants have to wait for payments.

Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ gaffe fuels belief that Tories don’t care

The chancellor’s untimely slip carried echoes of Lamont’s remark that people out of work was a price worth paying.

New universal credit claimants ‘will get no money before Christmas’

Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season.

DWP blunder sees 75,000 sick and disabled underpaid £500m in benefits

Frank Field, Chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, said the scale of the error is of "historic proportions".

Poorest hit hardest by years of Tory austerity, says human rights watchdog

Government urged to undertake a 'cumulative impact assessment' of all tax and social security policies.

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