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Nicola Sturgeon vows to tackle rising levels of poverty and inequality

SNP leader says the Tories are showing a 'cold indifference' to the damaging effects of their austerity agenda.

Heart attack victim found ‘fit for work’ suffered third attack on first day in new job

Michael was found “fit for work” by the DWP, despite multiple letters from healthcare professionals clearly stating that he wasn't.

SNP general election manifesto: key points and analysis

Scottish National Party makes ending the Tory austerity programme its top priority.

BBC knew American corporate ‘racketeers’ were influencing UK welfare reforms

BBC News reports exposing how a US firm were influencing UK welfare reforms were inexplicably removed from their archives.

Theresa May’s plans for further austerity cuts exposed in ‘car crash’ interview

SNP's Angus Robertson says 'the Tories are gearing up for more cuts on a monumental scale'.

Charities say ‘gag law’ stops them speaking out on Tory social care plans

Sector leaders say they feel muzzled by 2014 legislation despite believing policies would prove hugely damaging.

Song accusing Theresa May of being a ‘liar liar’ soars up the charts – video

'Liar Liar' by Captain Ska overtook Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande in the iTunes chart, despite being 'banned by radios'.

Greens launch disability manifesto pledging to scrap ‘fit for work’ tests

Greens pledge to review essential disability benefits and scrap hated 'fit for work' tests, as party accuses the Tories of removing disabled people's basic rights.

Thatcher’s dark legacy must be stopped

Neoliberal politics opened the door for the future destruction of the welfare state when aided by an unelected banker with too much political power, writes Mo Stewart.

Report reveals scale of food bank use in the UK

A mapping project by the Independent Food Aid Network found at least 2,000 food banks giving out parcels to those in need, with demand continuing to grow.

David Freud: The unelected welfare reform minister with too much political power

Lord Freud was unelected and had no prior political experience, but his welfare reforms have adversely affected millions of vulnerable people.

Scottish work programme destined to fail, says SCVO

Third-sector organisations warn the new 'Fair Start Scotland' scheme will fail without 'high-quality specialised support'.

Theresa May will not reveal social care cap before general election

Amber Rudd says Tories are unsure about maximum people should have to pay and will consider options after 8 June.

Davidson caught out over ‘shameful’ child poverty claim

Scottish Conservatives leader accused of falsely claiming child poverty has fallen under the Tories.

Tax credits cap could break up families, UK Government told

Tories accused of 'callously' ignoring the financial needs of many of UK's poorest families.

Average household debt set to exceed £15,000 in just five years

Low wage growth and poor investment 'putting the UK economy in the danger zone', warns TUC.

NHS staff ‘quitting to work in supermarkets because of poor pay’

Policy of limiting rises to 1% is damaging health service and must not be pursued into next parliament, say NHS leaders.

Government must put workers rights ‘at the heart’ of Brexit deal

TUC report warns Britain could be at risk of becoming "a bargain basement economy" if workplace rights aren't protected after Brexit.

600,000 pensioners could lose winter fuel allowance under LibDem plans

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has vowed to scrap winter fuel allowance for wealthier pensioners.

LibDems pledge an extra £6bn a year for NHS and social care

Policy would be paid for with a 1p rise on all rates of income tax.

Britons ready to pay more council tax to fund social care

Survey finds 57% would pay extra to reverse shortfall caused by years of cuts.

Charity demands better support for the UK’s 6.5 MILLION unpaid carers

Carers UK calls on all political parties to commit to improving the lives of unpaid carers.




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".