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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.

Universal credit all-party report raises fears over workability of system

Findings flag up ‘considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits’ seven years on.

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds

Large families and jobless worst hit by rising costs and austerity, with 32% and 36% missing meals.

Government to review 1.6m disability benefit claims after U-turn

Estimated 220,000 claimants will get backdated higher personal independence payments.

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

Welfare scheme a ‘significant risk’ to public spending, warns Office for Budget Responsibility.

Rough sleeper numbers in England rise for seventh year running

An estimated 4,751 people bedded down outside overnight in 2017, up 15% on previous year.

Most children in UK’s poorest areas now growing up in poverty

End Child Poverty says years-long freeze on benefits is major factor in emerging crisis.

More than 1m UK older people risk ‘withering away’ from hunger

Cross-party group of politicians says isolation and cuts are driving ‘hidden’ malnutrition.

Families with stable jobs at risk of homelessness in Britain, report finds

Nurses are among those ending up with nowhere to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords, says watchdog.

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.

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.

One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter

Charity used official government and FoI data to estimate 307,000 people sleeping rough or living in inadequate housing.

Food banks warn of struggle to cope this Christmas due to universal credit

Trussell Trust says six-week wait for first payment of benefit will lead to soaring demand for help from families this winter.

Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse, says thinktank

Urgent £3bn cash injection needed to bolster confidence in failing system after welfare cuts, says Resolution Foundation.

PM will not reduce six-week wait for universal credit despite MPs’ warnings

Government says it believes advance payments system solves problems around delays as Labour urges Tories to support motion to pause rollout of benefit.

Pressure grows to make universal credit helpline free of charge

Campaigners are concerned complexity of new benefit and poor staff training are contributing to long and repeated calls.

Austerity policy blamed for record numbers of children taken into care

Fragmented approach to public services is damaging communities in England and punishing the poor, say council leaders.

Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates

Housing federation says new system poses challenge to landlords, and Guardian investigation reveals claimants’ frustration.

‘Kinship carers’ denied thousands of pounds over two-child cap

Campaigners call for change to rules as people are denied tax credits for their own children after caring for young relatives.

Benefits assessor sanctioned for mocking disabled claimant

Alan Barham, who was dismissed by Capita after undercover footage emerged, given caution order by disciplinary panel.

English councils’ local welfare schemes in ‘meltdown’

New report reveals that two-thirds of English councils have closed or cut emergency funds, causing greater hardship to low-income families.

Government rebuked for failing to address homelessness crisis

National Audit Office says ministers have no grip on the causes of issue that costs the taxpayer more than £1bn a year.




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".

DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

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.