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LibDems move to ‘kill’ new Tory restrictions on disability benefits

Outrage after Tories rewrite the law to deny higher disability payments for more than 150,000 disabled people.

House Of Lords Votes To Keep Income-Related Child Poverty Measures

Conservatives announced plans to abolish current system of targets, but amendment by Bishop of Durham passes by 290 votes to 198.

Tory Benefit Cuts Face New Attack In Lords

Labour and Lib Dem peers will use debate on reform to warn of child poverty surge.

Tax Credit Cuts Delayed As House Of Lords Defies Tory Threats

Peers twice defied and ignored Tory threats not to stand in the way of changes to tax credits.

Peers In House Of Lords Move To Block £4.4bn Cuts To Tax Credits

David Cameron accuses Labour and Lib Dem peers of overstepping constitutional role by seeking to block central government decision.

Government Facing Defeat In Lords Over Tax Credits

Tim Farron instructs peers to back fatal motion, greatly increasing chances of government being defeated.

House Of Lords ‘Fatal Motion’ Could ‘Kill’ Osborne’s Tax Credit Cuts

A rarely-used “fatal motion” could to be tabled in the House of Lords, potentially bringing an end to Tory tax credit cuts.

Labour Warns Children Would Go Hungry If Universal Free Meals Scrapped

Flagship policy of Nick Clegg to give free meals to all schoolchildren should not be canceled, says new shadow education secretary Lucy Powell.

Charging Carers For Support Puts Their Health At Risk, Says Charity

Carers Trust estimates that there are 247,539 unpaid carers living in the eight authorities who are charging carers for support services.

Tim Farron Slams Tories And Labour Over Welfare Cuts (Video)

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron criticised the government's welfare reforms and Labour's refusal to oppose £12bn in cuts.

Tim Farron Urges Labour To Oppose ‘Shameful’ Tory Welfare Cuts

Tim Farron MP has written to Harriet Harman, calling on Labour to oppose the government's "shameful" cuts to welfare spending.

Osborne’s First Budget Without Lib Dems Likely To Hit Welfare State Hard

Cuts to housing benefit, a further lowering of the overall welfare cap as well as reductions in in-work tax credits are all being considered by George Osborne.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 29 (02/05/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.

GE2015: Lib Dems Pledge Free School Meals For Under 11’s

All school children under the age of 11 would be entitled to free school meals, under new plans announced by the Liberal Democrats.

Lib Dems Pledge £250 ‘Bonus’ For Family Carers

One in eight adults in the UK provide unpaid care for friends and family members, saving the economy an estimated £87 billion a year.

Lib Dems: We Protected Disability Benefits From Cuts – Manifesto

The Lib Dems have launched their disability manifesto, promising to 'improve the benefits system for disabled people'.

Manifestos Fail To Fix Young Jobseekers’ Woes So We Need Steps That Work

For many young people, finding a job is traumatic. While politicians are hailing apprenticeships as a solution, the fix we need may be more radical.

NHS Won’t Survive Five More Years Of The Tories, Warn Labour

Labour says the NHS is already on 'life support' and will continue to decline if the Tories are still in Government following the general election.

Hundreds Of Mental Health Experts Issue Rallying Call Against Austerity

400 counsellors, psychotherapists and others sign letter saying ‘society thrown completely off balance’ by ‘emotional toxicity of neoliberal thinking’.

GE2015: Lib Dems General Election Manifesto 2015 – Full PDF

The Liberal Democrats have launched their 2015 general election manifesto, claiming to be party of "opportunity for everyone".

Lib Dems Will Not Enter Tory Coalition If £12bn Welfare Cuts Made – Nick Clegg

Party leader says Conservatives want poorest to make additional sacrifices while not asking the richest to pay more taxes to balance books.

Lib Dems Would Cap Benefits Uprating At Just 1% For Two Years

The Liberal Democrats would also end Winter Fuel Payments and free TV licences for higher rate taxpayers.




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".