Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Labour sounds alarm over rollout of universal credit rape clause into N Ireland

Opposition calls for parliamentary debate, saying women risk being criminalised if two-child limit is imposed in region.

Levels of child hunger and deprivation in UK among highest of rich nations

Unicef report finds that one in three British children are in ‘multi-dimensional poverty’ and says gaps between rich and poor are widening around the world.

Syrian asylum seekers in UK forced into poverty

Exploited refugees in low-pay jobs live in squalor.

Homelessness and housing problems reach crisis point in all EU countries – except Finland

Report on ‘alarming evidence’ of rising homelessness singles out UK for criticism while warning that one in 70 Athens residents are homeless.

Republicans want to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits

Plans will allow US states to begin requiring those seeking unemployment benefits to participate in drug testing.

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction.

Government failure to act means gender pay gap will remain, say MPs

Women and equalities committee makes claim after ministers reject proposals aimed at helping women back into workforce.

Children’s commissioners write to home secretary over end of Dubs scheme

Commissioners for Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland write to Amber Rudd calling for government to do more to help child refugees.

Ken Loach: Tory government ‘callous, brutal and disgraceful’ and ‘must be removed’

Accepting the award for best British film at the Bafta awards in London, the veteran director says politicians speak for corporations – and film-makers must stand with the poor and vulnerable.

Poverty a bigger risk factor for premature death than obesity or alcohol, study finds

Poorer people almost 1.5 times more likely to die before the age of 85 than those from wealthier backgrounds.

Eight billionaires own as much wealth as half the world population

Oxfam report reveals the wealth gap between richest and poor is even greater than feared.

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 – and will be hit by welfare cuts

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week, thinktanks say.

Oxfam calls on Theresa May to tackle rising UK inequality

Anti-poverty charity said Britain’s richest 1% are 20 times wealthier than the poorest 13 million people.

Theresa May urged to reshape welfare with ‘social insurance’

Firmer link between contributions and receipts is on table as PM calls first cabinet meeting since summer break.

Doubts grow over ‘totemic’ cash pledge to pensioners

Triple-lock protection too costly, says former pensions minister, as work and pensions department refuses to rule out review.

UK real wages plummet by more than 10% in just eight years

Real-terms wages in the UK fell by more than 10% between 2007 and 2015, the biggest fall among leading OECD countries.

Migrant children are being failed by UK, says Lords committee report

Government accused of dismissing its responsibility to care for unaccompanied minors as ‘somebody else’s problem’.

Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world’s refugees

US, China, Japan, Germany, France and UK accommodate just 2.1 million refugees, according to Oxfam report.

69m children will die of preventable causes, says Unicef

UN children’s agency report highlights toll on youngsters by 2030 unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality on fighting poverty.

EU Court To Back UK Limits On Migrants’ Access To Child Benefits

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement.

Stop Personal Attacks On Anti-EU Tories, Duncan Smith Tells Cameron

Work and pensions secretary also accuses PM of talking down Britain in a sign of rising tensions at senior Tory levels over EU referendum.

Four EU States Reject Cameron’s Migrant Benefits Plan

Donald Tusk says leaders will have to go ‘extra mile’ to reach agreement as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic revolt on eve of key summit.

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