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GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital

Four NHS commissioning bodies in England offer to share savings made with GP practices.

Disability rights coalition calls for talks with Theresa May over ‘human catastrophe’

Campaigners say the UK Government is failing in its duty to protect and progress disabled people’s rights.

Landlords who refuse to rent to housing benefit claimants may be breaking the law

Landlords and letting agents urged to drop "no DSS" after woman is awarded £2,000 compensation in sex discrimination case.

Benefit delays leave hundreds of thousands penniless and reliant on foodbanks

DWP failed to meet its own target of processing new benefit claims within ten days on 214,000 occasions last year, new figures show.

Scotland on course for biggest growth in social housing since 1970s, report says

Scotland's social housing stock expected to rise by 25,000, while 120,000 council houses are lost in England.

Child Benefit and Tax Credit payment dates over Easter 2018

Some people could receive their benefits up to four days early this Easter - here's what you need to know.

‘Tories lecturing anybody on poverty is a sick joke’

Lectures on poverty from the party of sanctions and the Bedroom Tax are a “sick joke”, says SNP MP Sandra White.

How much do you know about the UK’s welfare system? Take our quiz!

Test your basic knowledge and understanding of the benefits system and social exclusion.

Stormzy blasts Theresa May over Grenfell at the Brit Awards

"Yo, Theresa May, where's the money for Grenfell?"

MSP hails ‘ground-breaking’ commitments in Scottish social security bill

Scots challenging a decision on their social security entitlements will not experience a gap in financial support.

Poorer Britons face three years of income stagnation, says report

Resolution Foundation warns of rising inequality amid cuts to working-age benefits.

‘Rise in unemployment is further evidence of the Tories’ economic failure’, say Labour

ONS figures show unemployment increased by 46,000 between July to September 2017 and October to December 2017.

SNP MSP calls on big six to back energy credit foodbank scheme

'People should not be left without food, heating and electricity because of cruel Tory policies', says Christina McKelvie

Rise in zero-hours jobs for single parents ‘risks causing child poverty’

Growth of unsuitable self-employment blamed for half of single parent homes being poor.

Tories failing disabled people over ‘substantial’ cost of living

Disability charity Scope calls for a "complete rethink" on how disabled people are supported to cover extra £570 a month living costs.

Jeremy Corbyn vows to take on ‘pernicious and undemocratic’ finance sector

Labour leader will argue the welfare state has been left "to pick up the slack with sticking plaster redistribution to the people".

Twitter failing to protect disabled users from ‘hate-filled’ abuse

'It has become so common that it barely raises an eyebrow and this situation has to change'

Comment on the need for constitutional reform to combat UK poverty

Why a written constitution is urgently needed to challenge a "political system that serves only the interests of the few".

DWP quietly drop plans for a softer approach to benefit sanctions

Tories claim there isn't enough time in the parliamentary calendar for a change in legislation.

More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010

Groundbreaking Demos study reveals ‘culture of disbelief’ about disability among jobcentre staff leads to money being docked.

1 in 7 children of public sector workers living in poverty, says TUC

TUC analysis found 550,000 children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in poverty by the end of the current financial year.

Homeless man dies on ‘doorstep’ of Houses of Parliament

MPs criticise government policies after rough sleeper pronounced dead in Westminster area, London.




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.