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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.

More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010

Groundbreaking Demos study reveals ‘culture of disbelief’ about disability among jobcentre staff leads to money being docked.

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge

Lawyers for terminally ill man who say new system costs him almost £200 a month win right to judicial review.

Social care postcode gap widens for older people

Council funding cuts have reduced help for the old in deprived areas, study shows.

Universal credit ‘penalises the self-employed’ report warns

Low Incomes Tax Reform Group says welfare change fails to account for fluctuating earnings or one-off expenses.

Rethink on housing benefit cap for elderly and vulnerable

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been abandoned.

Universal credit flaw puts new welfare system at odds with free school meals

Thinktank says unless design problem is addressed, government could face a £600m bill.

Hammond urged to scrap benefit cap as 1 million face homelessness

Shelter calls on chancellor to act in next month’s budget while council leaders attack failure to fix ‘broken’ housing market.

Scotland calls for halt on universal credit

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

Ministers told to cut wait for new benefit amid evidence it is causing debt

Report raised ‘very serious concerns’ with government over delay before first payment.

Revealed: universal credit sends rent arrears soaring

Housing chiefs’ warning on effect of flagship Tory welfare reform.

Two million UK families face £50-a-week cut in income

Households with children make up more than 80% of those set to lose out as pressure grows for end to austerity.

Health inequality gap ‘is still growing’ in England, new Department of Health data shows

Poor people face years of failing health and earlier death compared to the rich, despite government pledges to reduce inequality.

100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit

Charities demand action to tackle toll of soaring housing costs, welfare cuts and ‘no fault’ evictions.

Britons ready to pay more council tax to fund social care

Survey finds 57% would pay extra to reverse shortfall caused by years of cuts.

Poorest face ‘double whammy’ if Tories ditch triple lock on pensions

Removal of minimum rise could push many into poverty.

Osborne’s huge tax giveaway starts for rich – as the poor are hit

Wealthy get 80% of rewards from tax and welfare changes introduced by George Osborne that begin to come into effect this week.

Syrian asylum seekers in UK forced into poverty

Exploited refugees in low-pay jobs live in squalor.

Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction, Shelter warns

Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness.

Housing benefit cuts for young people may be scaled back

Cameron-era policy under review after warnings of severe hardship if changes come into force in April.

Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care

PM urged to find more money in budget for patients with rare and complex conditions.

Spikes, railings and water are weapons of ‘dehumanising’ campaign against homeless

Charity says that rough sleepers are victims of ‘defensive architecture’ built to stop them resting outdoors.




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.

Labour’s Debbie Abrahams stands down accusing leader’s office of ‘bullying’ behaviour

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary claims to be the victim of a "bullying culture of the worst kind", as Party investigates "work based complaints".