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Labour seeks government defeat on cuts to childcare

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

Councils used as ‘human shields’ for cuts, says John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor accuses government of forcing cash-strapped councils to absorb cuts.

Councils forced to fund emergency help for universal credit claimants

Labour says its findings offer more evidence that the government should pause rollout of new benefit system.

May accused of ‘callousness’ over plight of homeless families

Labour MP says prime minister’s defence of using temporary accommodation to house thousands of children is appalling.

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.

Labour accuses Theresa May of ‘stitch-up’ over response to defeats

Ministers will get 12 weeks to prepare statement if Tories lose the vote on opposition day motions.

Andrea Leadsom ‘paved way for tyranny’ over universal credit vote

Veteran Tory MP Edward Leigh attacks leader of Commons for saying government is not bound by Wednesday’s vote.

David Gauke signals he will press on with universal credit

Work and pensions secretary says benefit changes are ‘transforming lives’ after MPs called for a pause in their introduction.

Philip Hammond urged to use budget to help low-income families

Rising inflation is exacerbating benefits cuts, says Child Poverty Action Group, making it harder for parents to make ends meet.

Tory winter fuel allowance cut puts 4,000 lives at risk, claims Labour

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell says taking £300 annual payment away from millions of pensioners would contribute to rise in winter deaths.

Theresa May weighing up cheaper ‘double lock’ for pensions

‘Triple-lock’ policy that guarantees increase in basic state pension each year could be ditched for weaker ‘double lock’ and money used for social care instead.

Philip Hammond scraps national insurance rise for the self-employed

Chancellor performs U-turn on much-criticised budget tax grab, accepting that it breached wording of Tory manifesto.

Women bearing 86% of austerity burden, Commons figures reveal

Labour urges Conservatives to look at disproportionate impact of tax and spending policies on women.

May adviser regrets saying benefits should only go to ‘really disabled’ people

Tory policy chief George Freeman says he ‘hugely regrets’ remarks suggesting funds should not go to people with anxiety.

Social care crisis: MPs put May under pressure to act fast

Select committee chairs send frank letter to prime minister as fears grow that Brexit could overshadow ‘immense challenge’.

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM’s pledge to support families who are ‘just about managing’.

Damian Green says government’s benefits cap is a ‘real success’

Work and pensions secretary hails cap, set to be lowered at a cost for 88,000 families of an average of more than £2,000 a year.

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.

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

Backbenchers ‘girding themselves’ for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor’s autumn statement.

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.

John McDonnell: Labour Taking A Close Look At Universal Basic Income

Shadow chancellor says the concept of an unconditional payment to all could prepare country for robotisation of the workforce.

UN Asks Government To Explain Two-Child Cap On Child Tax Credits

SNP raised concerns about ‘medieval’ clause that it says discriminates against those who may want larger families for religious reasons.




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".

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.