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Low income families forced to walk ‘relentless financial tightrope’

Survey by debt charity finds many families going without food, furniture and new clothes as they struggle with huge debts.

Soaring Debts Trapping Young People In Financial Difficulty, Charity Warns

The number of young people seeking help with debt issues has increased by more than a fifth in the last year.

Cuts To Local Welfare Schemes ‘A Christmas Present To Loan Sharks’

Government refusal to guarantee funding for schemes will force families to turn to food banks and loan sharks, say critics

New Benefit Rules Will Push Thousands ‘Into A Financial Black-Hole’

New rules which force unemployed people to wait seven days to claim benefits will push thousands into the arms of payday lenders, warn SNP.

Zero Hours Contracts Force Workers To Rely On Food Banks, Says Charity

Zero hours contracts are forcing Scottish workers to turn to food banks and payday lenders, according to a new report from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS).




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.