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More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in the last five years

Housing experts predict the number could reach 230,000 by 2020, making it more difficult for low-income households to access affordable homes.

Former DWP employee ‘sanctioned for going to a funeral’ in fear of eviction

Garreth Forrest saw his benefit payments slashed by more than £500 a month.

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds

Large families and jobless worst hit by rising costs and austerity, with 32% and 36% missing meals.

DWP refuse over half of emergency requests for ‘lifeline’ benefit payments

Labour MP Frank Field says the UK Government is creating "state-sponsored destitution", as new figures show a "gaping hole" in the welfare safety net.

Government to review 1.6m disability benefit claims after U-turn

Estimated 220,000 claimants will get backdated higher personal independence payments.

Corbyn: Labour would buy 8,000 properties for homeless people

Leader says party would also give local authorities power to seize properties left vacant.

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

Welfare scheme a ‘significant risk’ to public spending, warns Office for Budget Responsibility.

Rough sleeper numbers in England rise for seventh year running

An estimated 4,751 people bedded down outside overnight in 2017, up 15% on previous year.

UK sick pay is found to breach international legal obligations

Statutory sick pay and employment support allowance is “manifestly inadequate”, says European committee of social rights.

Homeless man found dead in freezing temperatures just days after council allegedly ‘removed his sleeping bag’

Bournemouth Council refutes the allegation and say they had been trying to support the gentleman for a number of years.

Most children in UK’s poorest areas now growing up in poverty

End Child Poverty says years-long freeze on benefits is major factor in emerging crisis.

Windsor councillors leave Tory group over homelessness row

Two quit in protest after Conservative leader Simon Dudley survives confidence vote.

Number of Scotland’s children living in temporary accommodation up 10%

Latest homelessness statistics "must be a wake-up call for local and national government", says Shelter Scotland.

More than 1m UK older people risk ‘withering away’ from hunger

Cross-party group of politicians says isolation and cuts are driving ‘hidden’ malnutrition.

More than 220,000 people score ZERO points in disability benefit assessments

Tory disability benefit changes are causing "great distress" to thousands of sick and disabled people, says Labour MP.

Future-proofed against austerity: new Scottish social security system

Independent body will check that changes preserve human rights before Holyrood gets vote.

Victory for campaigners as thousands could get higher disability benefits

Government decides not to appeal High Court judgement that changes to disability benefits discriminate against people with mental health problems.

Tory MP who said poor should have vasectomies ‘not fit for office’

SNP call on Theresa May to remove Tory MP Ben Bradley from office over 'offensive' blog posts.

Sickness benefit claimants left with not enough to live on, say campaigners

Major study finds the majority of people on sickness benefits are struggling to make ends meet, thanks to Tory cuts.

Universal Credit ‘shambles’ leaves Scottish tenants vulnerable to eviction, warns SNP MP

Figures show 29% of landlords have already evicted a tenant for Universal Credit rent arrears.

PM refuses to apologise over universal credit misery

Theresa May confronted by SNP MP on plight of sanctioned Glasgow woman pushed to the brink of homelessness.

Ben Bradley under fire for blogpost urging jobless people to have vasectomies

MP appointed as Conservative party vice-chair wrote article in 2012 saying unemployed people should not have large families.




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.