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Universal credit’s hidden cut pushes disabled people into poverty

Severely disabled people, like Philip, are losing their lifeline as disability benefits disappear in the rollout of universal credit.

Naughty or nice? Help Santa put these UK politicians on the correct list

Even Santa needs a little help from time to time.

Benefit cuts fuel surge in demand for vital children’s services

New survey reveals that many councils are struggling to provide children and their families with the support they desperately need.

Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse, says thinktank

Urgent £3bn cash injection needed to bolster confidence in failing system after welfare cuts, says Resolution Foundation.

Universal credit ‘penalises the self-employed’ report warns

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group says welfare change fails to account for fluctuating earnings or one-off expenses.

Universal credit becoming Theresa May’s ‘poll tax moment’, says MP

PM 'burying her head in the sand' over the devastating impact of 'botched' Universal Credit roll-out, says SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP.

Work and Pensions Committee publishes ‘damning’ Universal Credit evidence

Committee Chair Frank Field MP highlights 'damning' new evidence showing DWP 'maladministration' is driving Universal Credit claimants to food banks.

Labour accuses Theresa May of ‘stitch-up’ over response to defeats

Ministers will get 12 weeks to prepare statement if Tories lose the vote on opposition day motions.

Scottish councils set aside MILLIONS to undo ‘devastating’ impact of Universal Credit roll-out

Revelation comes as MPs call on the UK Government to reduce the mandatory six-week waiting time.

Opinion: Tories are using Universal Credit to silence their critics

Small and independent news publishers and bloggers will struggle to survive under Universal Credit.

Stroke victim died ‘in hunger’ waiting for his first Universal Credit payment

Chris Gold's final days were spent 'in hunger' and worrying about losing his home.

‘Baked in’ six-week Universal Credit wait MUST be reduced, demand MPs

Pressure continues to mount on the UK Government to reduce the 'cruel' minimum six-week wait for universal credit.

Housing benefit cap U-turn ‘ends undue stress and anxiety’

SNP welcome climbdown but say a the delay in changes to the policy has caused ‘undue stress and anxiety to the supported housing sector.’

Theresa May performs major U-turn on plans to cap housing benefit

PM says government will no longer roll out changes that would have capped benefit for social housing and supported homes.

WASPI women ‘within touching distance’ of monumental state pension victory

Tories cannot necessarily rely on the DUP to help defend 'devastating' changes to women's state pension age.

Labour and rebel Tories secure debate on universal credit rollout

Three-hour parliamentary session to take place as pressure grows to reduce six-week delay before benefits payments begin.

Majority would support a ban on unpaid internships, survey shows

Commission warns unpaid internships and work experience are damaging to social mobility.

Backbench Tories hint at significant universal credit climbdown

MPs suggest six-week wait for first benefit payment could be reduced to a month despite May’s insistence system is working.

Rethink on housing benefit cap for elderly and vulnerable

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been abandoned.

Tory MP who chose football over universal credit debate ‘should donate earnings to food bank’

SNP say Tory MP Douglas Ross let down his constituents and should donate his nights earnings from refereeing to his local food bank.

Corbyn vows to slash household utility bills by £220 a year

Labour reiterates its manifesto pledge to reduce household bills by renationalising utility companies and Royal Mail.




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".

Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years

New study confirms that the poorest are being hit hardest by continuing austerity.