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Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

‘Substantial minority’ of disability claimants failed by system – MPs

Committee outlines assessment failings, including woman asked why she had not killed herself.

New universal credit claimants ‘will get no money before Christmas’

Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season.

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.

Corbyn urges benefits rethink and end to 55p-a-minute helpline rate

Labour leader clashes with Theresa May over universal credit in first PMQs since party conferences.

Labour sounds alarm over rollout of universal credit rape clause into N Ireland

Opposition calls for parliamentary debate, saying women risk being criminalised if two-child limit is imposed in region.

Disability activists block House of Commons entrance in cuts protest

Protesters helped through security by John McDonnell to demand restoration of independent living fund – and Theresa May’s resignation.

Women hit by pension age change ‘can take up apprenticeships’

Minister Guy Opperman’s comments enrage ‘Waspi’ campaigners – and Conservative MPs join criticism of policy.

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.

Families could lose up to 16% of income after national insurance changes

Study finds self-employed single parent of two on £10,000 faces losing thousands due to rise in NICs and cuts to universal credit.

Disability benefit change shows Tories are still ‘nasty party’, says Corbyn

Labour leader accuses government of ‘sneaking out’ news that it was overturning tribunal rulings on personal independence payments.

MP’s push to extend homeless safeguards gets cross-party support

Bob Blackman’s bill aims to prevent people without children from being told by councils to fend for themselves.

BBC Reporter Forced Off Air Amid Disability Rally In Parliament

Norman Smith told to stop broadcasting as dozens of people protest in central lobby against welfare cuts.

Corbyn Criticises PM Over Abolition Of Grants For Less Affluent Students

Labour leader tells David Cameron he has ‘form’ for introducing cuts without alerting electorate.

George Osborne Says He Will ‘Lessen The Impact’ Of Tax Credit Cuts

Chancellor says he will respond to Lords defeat with new measures in his autumn statement and declines to rule out lowering surplus target.

Lords Forced To Back Down On Tax Credits Motion As Tory Rebellion Grows

Peers warned of constitutional crisis and loss of powers if they press ahead with plan to kill off cuts.

PMQs: Corbyn Accuses Cameron Of Limiting Life Chances Of Children

Labour leader challenges PM with quotes from single mother of disabled child who will lose £1,800 under Tory cuts.

SNP Takes To Opposition Seats After Blasting Labour For Welfare Bill Stance

Nicola Sturgeon says her party offered the only opposition to the Conservatives, after slamming Labour for abstaining from a crucial vote on welfare reforms.

Figures Detailing Benefit-Related Deaths To Be Published, Says David Cameron

Prime minister’s disclosure, in wake of 200,000-strong petition, comes two days after Iain Duncan Smith’s claim in parliament that such data did not exist.

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.

Benefit Sanctions Regime For Unemployed To Be Investigated By MPs

Department for Work and Pensions select committee inquiry follows death of ex-soldier after jobseeker’s allowance stopped




Housing associations rake in record profits while only building 597 homes for social rent

Housing associations appear to be moving away from building social housing in favour of more profitable options.

Disabled man had to sleep rough and ‘sofa surf’ because of council faults

Ombudsman says Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead did not act quickly enough to find him suitable accommodation.

DWP win legal case which could “severely curtail” benefit claimant’s human rights

Win could prevent benefit claimants from using the Human Rights Act when challenging cruel benefits decisions at tribunal.

Welfare debate highlights the very worst of Tory ‘callousness’ towards Britain’s poorest

Tories "have their heads firmly in the sand" over the devastating impact of their welfare policies, says SNP MP.

Child Benefit and Tax Credit payment dates over Easter 2018

Some people could receive their benefits up to four days early this Easter - here's what you need to know.

Benefits and tax credits payment dates Easter 2017

If you're worried about benefits and tax credits payments over Easter 2017 here are the dates you need to remember.