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Damian Green grilled by MSPs over devolution of social security powers

MPs and MSPs have taken part in a joint session to discuss the devolution of social security powers to Scotland.

Scottish Government seeks assurances over ‘bedroom tax’ abolition

Fears Scots who benefit from the Scottish Government's desire to abolish bedroom tax could fall into the Tories' benefit cap trap.

Families win supreme court appeals over ‘unfair’ bedroom tax

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law.

Labour pledge to scrap ‘discredited’ fit for work tests and ‘punitive’ benefit sanctions

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams MP, also said being on social security shouldn't mean having to live in poverty.

‘Little evidence’ bedroom tax encourages benefit claimants to downsize

The Government's controversial 'bedroom tax' policy is failing in its aim of freeing up larger homes, new research published today reveals.

Millions at risk of losing their home due to gaps in housing benefit ‘safety net’

Millions of working renters at risk of finding that housing benefit would not cover the full cost of their rent in they lost a job, new report says.

Councils spend £100m helping renters hit by benefit cuts

Discretionary payments of £85.3m made to close gap left by bedroom tax while just over £14m paid to those squeezed by cap on benefits.

Tory Welfare Cuts Pushing Vulnerable People Into ‘Crisis Situations’

Tory welfare cuts "undermine the dignity and rights of children and adults alike", says Scotland's Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman.

‘Callous And Incompetent’: Labour Demands U-Turn On Damaging Tory Benefits Cuts

Labour says the new Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb MP , should reverse damaging cuts to Universal Credit and disability benefits.

Tory Welfare Cuts Will Cost Britain’s Poorest £13 BILLION A Year, Report Says

Tory welfare cuts will take around £13 BILLION a year out of the pockets of besieged benefit claimants by 2020, according to a new report.

Scottish ‘Social Security Agency’ To Axe Bedroom Tax And Increase Carers Benefits

A new 'Social Security Agency' is to be set up to administer the delivery of newly devolved benefits in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced.

Disability Campaigners Gather At Supreme Court For Bedroom Tax Cases

Women’s rights groups also among activists outside court where judges will consider appeals claiming tax is discriminatory.

Bedroom Tax Challenged At Supreme Court – Guardian

The supreme court is to hear legal challenges from disabled people who say the 'bedroom tax' illegally discriminates against them and their families.

‘Bedroom Tax’ Unlawfully Discriminates Against Vulnerable People

Court of Appeal ruled that the 'Bedroom Tax' unlawfully discriminates against disabled children and victims of domestic violence.

Disabled People To ‘Lobby Parliament’ Over ‘Unacceptable’ Welfare Cuts

Campaigners say benefit cuts proposed in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill could be detrimental to the health and well-being of people with disabilities.

Welfare Reforms Risk Creating A ‘Postcode Lottery’, Say MPs

Handing responsibility for emergency welfare support to local authorities risks severe hardship and destitution, say MPs.

This Week On Welfare Weekly – Week Ending 19 December 2015

Catch up with all of this weeks news from Welfare Weekly and others.

Bedroom Tax: Three In Four Affected Have Cut Back On Food, DWP Research Shows

Claimants regularly run out of money and have to dip into savings or borrow, and only one in nine have escaped policy by moving home.

‘Skivers’ Label ‘Neither Realistic Nor Helpful’, Say MSPs

Future provision of social security in Scotland should be about preserving the dignity and respect of benefit claimants, say MSPs.

Bedroom Tax Harming Children’s Learning Amid Stress And Hunger, Experts Claim

Parents cutting back on food and clothing due to benefit reforms lead to adverse impacts and material hardship for children, researchers find.

Letters: Iain Duncan Smith Made My Life ‘Not Worth Living’

A former soldier left cold and humiliated by Tory welfare cuts tried to take their own life,.. and knows who to blame.

Owen Smith: I Won’t Let Iain Duncan Smith Play Politics With People’s Lives

Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, gives a speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference.




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.