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Homelessness and housing problems reach crisis point in all EU countries – except Finland

Report on ‘alarming evidence’ of rising homelessness singles out UK for criticism while warning that one in 70 Athens residents are homeless.

Theresa May urged to reshape welfare with ‘social insurance’

Firmer link between contributions and receipts is on table as PM calls first cabinet meeting since summer break.

Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world’s refugees

US, China, Japan, Germany, France and UK accommodate just 2.1 million refugees, according to Oxfam report.

Iain Duncan Smith backtracks on leave side’s £350m NHS claim

Tory Brexit campaigner says he never made EU referendum pledge that appeared on official battlebus.

Jeremy Corbyn: ‘Vote Remain for jobs and rights at work’

Labour leader has urged people to vote Remain to protect jobs and workers’ right.

EU Court To Back UK Limits On Migrants’ Access To Child Benefits

European court of justice set to throw out challenge by European commission over right to residence requirement.

Tories In Civil War As Duncan Smith Attacks Austerity Programme

In first interview since resigning, former minister says PM and chancellor’s ‘arbitrary’ attempts to cut welfare risk dividing society.

Stop Personal Attacks On Anti-EU Tories, Duncan Smith Tells Cameron

Work and pensions secretary also accuses PM of talking down Britain in a sign of rising tensions at senior Tory levels over EU referendum.

Cameron’s EU Migrant Benefit Brake ‘Largely Irrelevant’, Says Corbyn

As 28 EU members meet to agree a deal on the UK’s demands for EU reform, Labour leader brands whole renegotiation a ‘theatrical sideshow’.

UK Unemployment Benefits Among The ‘Least Generous’ In Europe

Unemployment benefits in the UK are among the least generous in Europe, with only Switzerland and Ireland paying less.

Four EU States Reject Cameron’s Migrant Benefits Plan

Donald Tusk says leaders will have to go ‘extra mile’ to reach agreement as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic revolt on eve of key summit.

Revealed: Tax Credit Data Exposes Limits Of Cameron’s ‘Emergency Brake’

Figures obtained by Guardian after six-month battle show only 84,000 EU migrant families claiming tax credits have lived in the UK for four years or less.

EU Renegotiation: UK Wins Partial Concession On Migrant Worker Benefits

Text put forward by EU council president Donald Tusk contains measures relating to all four areas requested by David Cameron.

David Cameron Close To EU Deal On Child Benefits

Prime minister pushing for change to rules allowing migrants to send payments back to their country of origin, but eastern European countries express concern.

Four-Year EU Benefits Ban Could Change, Philip Hammond Says

Britain is willing to look at alternative measures to a four-year ban on access to in-work benefits, says Philip Hammond MP.

Cameron Could Extend Tax Credits Ban To British Expats To Reach EU Deal

Prime minister is looking at whether ban on in-work benefits could also apply to Britons living abroad for four years or more.

Jeremy Corbyn Says He Opposes Making EU Migrants Wait To Receive Benefits

Labour leader rejects policy set out in party manifesto for 2015 election and says all UK taxpayers should have access to benefits.

David Cameron Faces Compromise Over Plans For EU Migrants’ Welfare Access

EU commissioner proposes block on claims for first six months, far cry from prime minister’s hopes for four-year exclusion.

Cameron Ready To Give Way Over Ban On In-Work Benefits For EU Migrants

Prime minister signals flexible stance over mooted four-year ban after meeting Polish PM and opposition from other EU states.

Widening Benefits Ban To Young Britons As Leverage In EU Talks Not Ruled Out

Work and pensions secretary raises possibility that ban on young migrants could be extended to UK citizens.

Pay Low-Income Families More To Boost Economic Growth, Says IMF

Study indicates stagnating incomes of the poor and middle classes could have been instrumental in the financial crisis.

Conservatives To Push Forward On Manifesto And Scrap Human Rights Act

PM to capitalise on majority with raft of legislation in Queen’s speech on 27 May including EU referendum and repeal of act by new justice secretary Michael Gove.




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".