Universal Credit has pushed 86% of claimants in council housing into rent arrears

Shocking research reveals Iain Duncan Smith's flagship benefit has left almost 9 in 10 claimants living in council housing in rent arrears.

Westminster council could send homeless families to Coventry

Those who lose homes in capital may increasingly be rehoused outside London as local authorities struggle with cuts.

DWP ‘deliberately misleading the public’ about the impact of housing benefit cuts

DWP accused of "peddling lies and deliberately misleading the public" about the impact of cuts to housing benefit for young people.

Scotland use new social security powers to improve Universal Credit

Improvements include the option to have payments made direct to landlords and the option of twice monthly payments.

Tory tax credit cuts place a ‘considerable burden on those least able to afford it’

Scottish Social Security Minister says plans to limit child tax credit to two children "will further punish families that are already struggling".

More than 2,500 children unlawfully housed in B&Bs

Homelessness statistics show 24% increase in households with children residing in B&Bs for longer than six weeks in England.

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".

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.

In-work sanctions are incompatible with ‘halving the disability employment gap’

The government have introduced in-work benefit sanctions for low paid and part-time workers.

Work is not a ‘health’ outcome

Some people’s work is undoubtedly a source of wellbeing, but that is not the same thing as being “good for health”.

Neoliberalism and inequality are strongly linked with increasing ill-health

Research suggests the health of the nation has been detrimentally affected by neoliberal economic and social policies.

Tory welfare policy ‘historically obsolete’, say researchers

Historical research shows the NHS and welfare state are fundamental to a healthy, productive economy.

Welfare cuts to cost Scottish households an extra £1bn a year

The most deprived areas of Scotland are expected to be hit hardest by welfare changes announced since 2015.

Scotland wins battle to end voluntary work programme sanctions

Holyrood can exempt Scots taking part from having benefits stopped or cut thanks to newly devolved welfare powers.

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM’s pledge to support families who are ‘just about managing’.

‘Just about managing’ families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020 – study

Research published ahead of autumn statement shows universal credit cuts, benefit rate freeze and rising rents are hitting low-income households.

Austerity effect hits women ‘twice as hard as it does men’

Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have increased equality gap.

Tory MPs call for welfare cuts rethink after pause motion passed

No MPs voted against motion to stop cuts to employment support allowance, with 127 in favour, but it is symbolic only.

Charity slams ‘intolerable’ benefit cuts as disabled set to lose around £1,500 a year

Disability Rights UK says a £30 a week cut to ESA will make it more difficult for disabled people to find or stay in employment.

Chancellor urged to delay ‘punitive and regressive’ disability cuts

SNP issue urgent plea to Chancellor Philip Hammond to delay a £30-a-week cut to Employment Support Allowance.

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