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Theresa May urged to stand by manifesto pledge to end rough sleeping

Report reveals that 8,108 people were seen rough sleeping in London over the last year.

Thousands could die from cold homes this winter, charities warn

Charities call for an urgent summit to work to resolve the growing crisis of fuel poverty in the UK.

Biggest ever study of food banks warns use likely to increase

Oxford University research finds that poverty and hunger are all too real for a growing number of British people.

Report slams 20 years of failure to improve social mobility in Britain

Social Mobility Commission says successive governments have failed to reduce the gap between Britain’s ‘haves and have nots’.

Council homes sold off almost three times as fast as new ones are built

Figures from 72 councils show more than 12,000 properties have been sold off since 2014 but only 4,309 have been built.

Social care cuts to continue in spite of £1bn boost, English councils say

Local authorities plan to find £824m of savings, meaning they will be spending £6bn less on social care than in 2010 when austerity began.

Tory pledge to cap energy bills missing from Queen’s speech

Protection for 17m families paying most expensive tariff, which Tories promised in election campaign, has been dropped.

Number of homeless housed in temporary accommodation up 61% since 2010

Chartered Institute for Housing responds to "worrying" rise in homelessness.

Benefit cap on lone parents of under-twos is unlawful, court rules

Policy has caused ‘real misery to no good purpose’ as parents of children under two do not qualify for free childcare.

Universal credit rollout in North Kensington halted after tower fire

New benefit system will not be introduced in full in July so jobcentre staff can focus on claimants affected by Grenfell blaze.

Scotland’s social security system will have ‘dignity and respect at its heart’

Anti-poverty campaigners welcome the introduction of a new 'Social Security Bill' for Scotland.

Two in three support £5 a week child benefit increase

Poll reveals a strong public appetite to lift poverty-stricken Scottish children out of hardship and destitution.

Queen’s speech must bring an end to austerity, say SNP

SNP also call on the Tories to deliver a 'soft Brexit' by staying in the single market.

Benefits cut to hit 200,000 people with mental health conditions

Cut contradicts Theresa May's commitment to end the "burning injustice" of the treatment of people with mental health conditions, say Labour.

Jamie Oliver hits out at Tory plans to scrap universal free school meals

Theresa May told she would be committing "political suicide" by pushing the controversial policy through Parliament.

Public service workers cutting back on food and turning to food banks

Theresa May urged to give public service employees and 'long overdue' pay rise, as survey shows many are struggling to make ends meet.

Jobseekers’ allowance rules suspended for Grenfell Tower tenants

Department for Work and Pensions instructs local job centre to be ‘as flexible as possible’ with those affected by fire.

Health unions urge Theresa May to ditch NHS pay cap

Unions representing cross-section of healthcare staff increase pressure on government to use Queen’s speech to lift 1% restriction on pay rises.

Disability rights must be protected post Brexit, says charity

Leading disability rights charity publishes 'manifesto for disability rights in a post-EU UK'.

Grenfell Tower fire shows the welfare state ‘is falling apart’, says Labour MP

An emotional David Lammy fought back tears as he linked the tragic fire to a failing welfare state.

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.

Two in three would pay more tax to fund NHS services, poll reveals

Majority also believe people should be fined for missed appointments.




Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

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.