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Labour To Appoint A Shadow Minister For Neurodiversity

Monique Craine, a blogger with autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia, suggested the post and was surprised to be taken seriously.

MPs To Investigate How Many Pension Schemes Are At Risk Of Failing

Select committee announces wide ranging inquiry into occupational pension schemes amid its scrutiny of £571m deficit at BHS.

Almost Half Of Children From Single-Parent Households Living In Poverty

46% of children from single-parent households are currently living below the poverty line, according to research from the charity Gingerbread.

What Is It Really Like To Be A Disabled Person In Britain?

Benefit cuts, the battle for equality, and public perception. A group of disabled people share their experiences of living with a disability in Britain today.

Labour Blast Tories ‘Abject Failure To Support Disabled People Into Work’

Official figures reveal a sharp decline in the number of disabled people supported into work through the Work Choice programme.

Benefit Sanctions Lead To Hunger, Debt And Destitution, Report Says

Denying vulnerable people the only means by which to support themselves and their families does not encourage them into work, report says.

Disabled Woman Who ‘Can’t Get Through The Night Without Oxygen’ Told She’ll Lose Vital Benefits

A seriously sick and disabled woman has been told her £220 a month in vital disability benefits will be cut.

Ken Loach Stuns At Cannes 2016 With Palme d’Or Win For I, Daniel Blake

The 79-year-old Briton has triumphed at the Cannes film festival for the second time with his welfare state drama.

Councils ‘Forcing Homeless Families To Relocate Miles Away’

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks, says Shelter.

Two-Child Tax Credit Cap Stinks Of Tory Eugenics

Child Tax Credit cap is purposefully aimed at reducing family size among the poor, writes Sue Jones.

UN Asks Government To Explain Two-Child Cap On Child Tax Credits

SNP raised concerns about ‘medieval’ clause that it says discriminates against those who may want larger families for religious reasons.

Proposals For Seven-Day NHS Are Immoral, Says Leading GP

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chair of BMA GPs committee, says patients would suffer as doctors forced to sit in empty surgeries.

Disabled Workers Paid Up To £75 A Week Less Than Non-Disabled People, Study Shows

TUC study also shows that the government is "years behind schedule" in its commitment to halve the disability employment gap.

Auto-Enrolment ‘Breeding Neglect’ As 1.5m Workers Ignore Pension Savings

Research also reveals that 10% of private sector workers opt out of a workplace pension, with 32% of these citing financial constraints.

The Government Is Skewing Benefits Appeals Against Disabled People

A new army of ‘presenting officers’ is to help the Department of Work and Pensions at benefit tribunals, while the disabled person making the appeal is left to struggle alone.

Diabetes Campaigners Hail ‘Major Victory’ In Disability Benefits Battle

Children with Type 1 diabetes should now find it easier to meet the assessment criteria for Disability Living Allowance.

A Third Of People In The UK Have Experienced Poverty In Recent Years

ONS data shows women and one-person households at greater risk of enduring poverty as many fail to escape low pay.

One Million Older Pensioners In The UK Living In Poverty, Report Says

Pensioners aged 75 and over are on average £59 a week worse off than younger pensioners, according to a worrying new report.

Disabled Man Forced To Quit His Job Because Of Tory Benefit Cuts

Disabled Multiple Sclerosis sufferer told he must hand over the car he needs to get to work.

MP Calls On DWP To Drop ‘Fit For Work’ Ruling Of Man Missing Part Of His Head

Kenny Bailey, from East Barnsley, has suffered with severe skull damage and partial paralysis since a major stroke in 2014.

Disability Cuts ‘Changing Things For The Better’, Says Stephen Crabb

Crabb said that he will set out a “discursive” Green Paper on further cuts to disability benefits later this year.

Suicides Of Benefit Claimants Reveal DWP Flaws, Says Inquiry

‘Peer reviews’ challenge claims by ministers that there is no connection between welfare reform policies and deaths of vulnerable claimants.




Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.

Labour’s Debbie Abrahams stands down accusing leader’s office of ‘bullying’ behaviour

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary claims to be the victim of a "bullying culture of the worst kind", as Party investigates "work based complaints".