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Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM’s pledge to support families who are ‘just about managing’.

Four in five UK councils struggle to provide older people’s care – survey

More than 6.4 million people aged 65 and over live in areas without enough care to meet demand – especially specialist dementia care, says research.

‘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.

Labour to call on chancellor not to extend austerity beyond 2020

John McDonnell will use speech to say Philip Hammond should scrap planned benefit cuts in upcoming autumn statement.

Philip Hammond urged to shelve tax cuts and help poorer families

Chancellor should use first autumn statement to shield those on low incomes from Brexit impact, says thinktank.




DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

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.