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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.

Government urged to scrap child support tax for domestic abuse victims

SNP MP launches petition calling on the UK government to scrap the tax on child support for victims of domestic abuse.

Labour seeks government defeat on cuts to childcare

MP Angela Rayner says her party wants to block Tories’ vouchers and free school meals snatch.

Vulnerable children are ‘paying the price’ for Tory austerity, say Labour

Labour analysis found that children's services in England are facing are £2bn funding shortfall by 2020.

Almost a quarter of people in Wales are ‘trapped in poverty’, says thinktank

The rising cost of living and cuts to in-work benefits are leaving people at greater risk of sustained poverty, report warns.

Universal Credit payment system puts ‘vulnerable women and children in danger’

"It is astonishing that women in the UK may be having to choose between poverty and abuse because of Tory welfare policy."

Scottish government urged to use devolved powers on child poverty

Calls for commitment to topping up child element of universal credit to meet 2030 targets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

One million children to miss out on free school meals under universal credit

The Children's Society has called on the Government to "provide free school meals for all children on universal credit".

128,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless on Christmas day, charity claims

The number of homeless children in Britain is at its highest level in a decade, shocking new research reveals.

More children homeless or in temporary housing than during crash crisis

Estimated 128,000 children are without a home – more than were in the same situation in 2007 – says Shelter report.

Disadvantaged children face worse outcomes in some rich areas – report

Britain is in a ‘spiral of ever-growing division’ with rural and coastal regions being left behind, warns social mobility tsar.

Universal Credit changes ‘do not go far enough’, says Debbie Abrahams

Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said thousands of people will be left without adequate financial support this Christmas.

Families face bleak Christmas due to Universal Credit rollout, says Corbyn

Labour leader says Tory social security policy "is causing debt, hardship and homelessness", and calls for an "immediately pause" to the rollout of Universal Credit.

Children’s Commissioners warn Tory welfare cuts are driving up child poverty

The Children’s Commissioners from all four UK nations call on Chancellor Philip Hammond to reverse years of social security cuts.

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’.

Tories forced to clarify tax credits ‘rape clause’ policy

UK Government continue to defend the indefensible 'rape clause' and two-child tax credits policy, says SNP MP.




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.

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".