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Labour Calls For Inquiry Into Tax Credits Cuts – After Refusing To Vote Against Them

The UK government's tax credits cuts should be scrutinised by the Work and Pensions Select Committee, says Harriet Harman.

Mayor Of Liverpool Hits Out At Labour MPs Over Welfare Bill Abstentions

Joe Anderson attacks his Westminster party colleagues, saying there are no compelling leadership candidates and that Harriet Harman ‘handled this badly’.

George Osborne Calls On Labour MPs To Back Welfare Changes In Commons Vote

Chancellor George Osborne has urged Labour MPs to back his welfare changes, ahead of a crucial commons vote.

Harman Seeks To End Labour Row With ‘Reasoned Amendment’ To Welfare Bill

Acting Labour leader hopes amendment setting out reasons why bill should be rejected can end fighting within party.

Labour MP Tables Motion To Reject Welfare Bill Without Leader’s Consent

Helen Goodman says reasoned amendment is supported by 40 MPs, even though Harriet Harman has said Labour would not block the bill.

What’s The Point Of Labour If They Won’t Oppose Tory Welfare Cuts?

The Labour Party should be instinctively opposed to the Tory ideological of welfare cuts and austerity, writes Adam Colclough.

Liz Kendall Backs Harriet Harman In Labour Welfare Row

Kendall is only leadership candidate to support acting leader after she said the party would not oppose some government welfare cuts.

Labour Leadership Candidates Criticise Harriet Harman’s Welfare Stance

Decision by acting leader not to oppose the government’s welfare bill has come under fire from Burnham, Cooper and Corbyn.

Business Groups Reject PM’s Plan To Replace Tax Credits With Higher Pay

Industry organisations deny pay levels are linked to receipt of tax credit and warn small employers may not be able to afford salary increases.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 33 (30/05/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.




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".