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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.

UK jobs boom is petering out, claims employers’ survey

Manpower poll shows hiring staff is flatlining in London and depicts firms as the least confident for five years about taking on new workers.

OECD: UK has lowest state pension of any developed country

British workers receive just 29% of their previous earnings, although private pensions bring figure up to near average.

Child poverty in Britain set to soar to new record, says thinktank

IFS forecast that 37% of children will be in relative poverty by 2022 would see all progress made in the last 20 years undone.
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‘No-deal’ Brexit likely to hit low-income families hardest

Sharp price rises could cost average household £260 a year if UK leaves EU without a trade deal while richest will be least affected.

A million women £32 a week worse off thanks to pension age changes

IFS says increased UK state pension age is lifting earnings from employment but only partially offsetting reduced incomes from other benefits.

Incomes in south-east of England ‘are 25% higher than in West Midlands’

TUC urges government to act as IFS report highlights growing north-south divide and regional concentration of poverty.

May Day report by MPs damns growing UK gig economy

Work and pensions committee says employers force workers into bogus self-employment and free-ride on welfare state.

UK should axe state pension for rich people, says OECD

Scrapping payments to wealthiest 5% to 10% would allow government to give more to people in greater need, says thinktank.

Poor working families face big losses from benefit cuts, says IFS

Nearly 3m working households with children on tax credits face average loss of £2,500 a year, according to thinktank.

‘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.

Insecure employment ‘costing the UK economy billions every year’

Employers using zero-hours contracts and low-paid self-employment to escape paying tax and national insurance, TUC report warns.

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.

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest.

Unsecured debt hits record high of nearly £13,000 per household

TUC says weak wage growth and higher inflation could leave even more families struggling with debt.

Tory welfare policy ‘historically obsolete’, say researchers

Historical research shows the NHS and welfare state are fundamental to a healthy, productive economy.

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.

Half UK budget deficit ‘is down to job destruction in older industrial areas’

Report finds that legacy of hollowing-out of manufacturing in 1980s is far more people claiming incapacity benefits.

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.

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 – and will be hit by welfare cuts

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week, thinktanks say.

UK jobs market ‘skating on thin ice’ since Brexit vote, says survey

Report from 2,100 employers suggests cracks are starting to appear in areas including financial services, construction and utilities.




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".