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Scotland calls for halt on universal credit

Northern Ireland also expresses concerns, putting launch of flagship welfare reform in doubt.

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.

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.

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.

Northern Ireland Power Sharing In Crisis As Welfare Bill Fails

Failure to reach agreement at Stormont raises fears that institutions could collapse and the DUP and Sinn Féin could walk away.

Northern Ireland Coalition Close To Collapse In Row Over Welfare Cuts

Nationalist parties threatening to veto bill but power-sharing partners say talk of better deal with Westminster is unrealistic.

Homelessness At ‘Historically High Levels’ And Could Get Worse, Warns Landmark Study

The study warns that a dwindling social housing stock in Northern Ireland and reforms to welfare benefits risks 'pushing more people into increased financial hardship and homelessness'.




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".