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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.

Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years

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

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.

Future-proofed against austerity: new Scottish social security system

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

Charities warn of ‘devastating cost’ of cuts to children’s services

With council spending on early intervention cut by 40%, ministers urged to prevent ‘crisis turning into catastrophe’.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity.

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.

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.

Theresa May may be forced to end austerity – but don’t hold your breath

History teaches us that the Conservatives are the party of pain and misery.

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.

Women bearing 86% of austerity burden, Commons figures reveal

Labour urges Conservatives to look at disproportionate impact of tax and spending policies on women.

Share your stories about the impact of the UK Government’s austerity agenda

How has relentless austerity impact on you and your loved ones?

‘Reckless’ Tory plans for a further £3.5bn in cuts will hit Britain’s poorest hardest

SNP say further cuts at a time when Britain is on the brink of Brexit is 'reckless', and warn the poorest will be hit hardest.

No end to Tory cuts? Austerity predicted to continue ‘well into the 2020s’

IFS report says Philip Hammond needs to find an additional £34bn from spending cuts and tax rises to meet the Government's fiscal targets.

‘Just about managing’ families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020 – study

Research published ahead of autumn statement shows universal credit cuts, benefit rate freeze and rising rents are hitting low-income households.

Austerity effect hits women ‘twice as hard as it does men’

Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have increased equality gap.

UK austerity policies ‘amount to violations of disabled people’s rights’

UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately.

Owen Smith pledges to end austerity in radical pitch to Labour’s left

Policies include scrapping Department for Work and Pensions, ending public-sector pay freeze and boosting spending on NHS.

UN Asks Government To Explain Two-Child Cap On Child Tax Credits

SNP raised concerns about ‘medieval’ clause that it says discriminates against those who may want larger families for religious reasons.

More Than A Million People In UK Living In Destitution, Study Shows

Research by Joseph Rowntree Foundation finds 668,000 households unable to afford essentials such as food, heating and clothes.

Spending Review Will Still Leave Poor Families Worse Off, Say Experts

IFS says there is 50-50 chance Osborne will have to revisit spending plans, while Resolution Foundation says some families could lose £3,000 a year by 2020.

Kinship Carers At Risk Of Poverty And Debt Due To Welfare Cuts, Says Charity

Adults who bring up child relatives, saving the state billions in care costs, are threatened by tax credit cuts and benefit cap, says Family Rights Group.




Housing associations rake in record profits while only building 597 homes for social rent

Housing associations appear to be moving away from building social housing in favour of more profitable options.

Disabled man had to sleep rough and ‘sofa surf’ because of council faults

Ombudsman says Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead did not act quickly enough to find him suitable accommodation.

DWP win legal case which could “severely curtail” benefit claimant’s human rights

Win could prevent benefit claimants from using the Human Rights Act when challenging cruel benefits decisions at tribunal.

Welfare debate highlights the very worst of Tory ‘callousness’ towards Britain’s poorest

Tories "have their heads firmly in the sand" over the devastating impact of their welfare policies, says SNP MP.

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.

Benefits and tax credits payment dates Easter 2017

If you're worried about benefits and tax credits payments over Easter 2017 here are the dates you need to remember.