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UK sick pay is found to breach international legal obligations

Statutory sick pay and employment support allowance is “manifestly inadequate”, says European committee of social rights.

SNP call for worker’s rights to be redefined to protect people in insecure jobs

Party says worker's rights should be 'front and centre' of political debate due to the 'rapidly changing world of work'

Two-child limit on benefit claims to be challenged in court

Campaigners are granted judicial review of policy, which stops benefits being paid for more than two children.

UK judges rule DWP wrong to deny appeals over refused benefits

Department for Work and Pensions unlawfully stopped people going to tribunal to challenge refusals, judges say.

Northern Irish social workers could be prosecuted due to benefits ‘rape clause’

Professional group joins Labour in warning that claimants for children born of non-consensual sex may be criminalised.

Ministers vow to end employment tribunal fees after court defeat

Supreme court rules fees of up to £1,200 are ‘inconsistent with access to justice’ and government may have to pay back £27m.

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.

Man wins equal pension rights for husband at supreme court

Landmark ruling means former cavalry officer’s husband will enjoy the same pension rights as a widow would.

Benefit cap on lone parents of under-twos is unlawful, court rules

Policy has caused ‘real misery to no good purpose’ as parents of children under two do not qualify for free childcare.

Tax credit ‘rape clause’ becomes law without parliamentary vote

Controversial move, which requires woman who had third child as result of rape to verify her position, added to existing act.

Rape exemption clause for tax credits ‘in chaos’, says MP Alison Thewliss

Victims meant to be exempt from two-child limit, but with weeks to launch no systems are in place, claims SNP politician.

Disability groups hail court’s support for wheelchair user on bus

Bus drivers must now pressure passengers to make room in ruling described by Doug Paulley as ‘significant cultural change’.

Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities

Lack of housing lawyers has led to fall in number of challenges to evictions at time of record repossessions in rental market.

Families win supreme court appeals over ‘unfair’ bedroom tax

Panel upholds claim of Jacqueline Carmichael, who is disabled, and carers Paul and Susan Rutherford against housing law.

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.

Appeal Court Rejects Challenge In Poundland Case

The government has lost the latest round of its legal battle to stop thousands of jobseekers clawing back £130m in benefits.

Duty Of Care For Disabled People In UK Not Being Met, Say Peers

Tories face pressure to look at impact of welfare cuts on 11m disabled people after House of Lords report identifies series of failures.

Judge Challenges Government Over Legal Representation For Vulnerable People

Ruling will halt thousands of applications involving those with learning disabilities who need treatment involving loss of liberty.

Disability Campaigners Gather At Supreme Court For Bedroom Tax Cases

Women’s rights groups also among activists outside court where judges will consider appeals claiming tax is discriminatory.

Bereavement Benefits Can Be Paid Even If Couple Were Not Married, Court Rules

Victory for mother of four children in Northern Ireland, if upheld on appeal, could add millions to DWP’s benefit bill across the UK.

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.

Benefit Cap Discriminated Against Disabled People, Court rules

High court finds that two claimants caring for relatives for upwards of 35 hours a week were effectively in work and should be exempt from cap.




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.

Man missing part of his skull told he’s ‘not disabled enough’ for disability benefits

"You can literally feel my brain and the edges of my skull where it’s been cut off".