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‘How many have to die before this Government realises they’re killing vulnerable people?’

The mother of a seriously ill woman who died after being denied sickness benefits launches scathing attack against the UK Government.

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'.

Lower benefit cap putting thousands at risk of poverty and homelessness

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use the upcoming budget to scrap the lower benefit cap.

‘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 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.

WASPI women ‘within touching distance’ of monumental state pension victory

Tories cannot necessarily rely on the DUP to help defend 'devastating' changes to women's state pension age.

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.

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.

Rethink on housing benefit cap for elderly and vulnerable

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been abandoned.

Tory MP who chose football over universal credit debate ‘should donate earnings to food bank’

SNP say Tory MP Douglas Ross let down his constituents and should donate his nights earnings from refereeing to his local food bank.

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.

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