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Pension savings ‘under threat’ from cold call scams

UK Government urged to ban pension cold calls, as MPs warn people's savings are under threat from scammers.

Average household debt set to exceed £15,000 in just five years

Low wage growth and poor investment 'putting the UK economy in the danger zone', warns TUC.

Thousands of cancer patients forced to borrow from ‘bank of mum and dad’

More than 70,000 people are vulnerable to the financial pressures caused by living with cancer, say Macmillan.

Doorstep lender harassed elderly stroke victim while she was recovering in hospital

Doorstep lenders are taking advantage of vulnerable people and putting them at risk of serious debt problems, warns Citizens Advice.

Unsecured debt hits record high of nearly £13,000 per household

TUC says weak wage growth and higher inflation could leave even more families struggling with debt.

Two-thirds of UK households consider themselves to be ‘just about managing’

This is the social economic group the Government pledged to help in the recent Autumn Statement.

Families urged not to land themselves in further debt this Christmas

Calls to PayPlan's debt advice line drop before Christmas but then rocket by 37% in the new year.

Stagnant wages trap MILLIONS of households in ‘problem debt’

Shocking research reveals 3.2 million households are in ‘problem debt’, while more than a million are in 'extreme problem debt'.

Millions just one pay cheque away from homelessness, research shows

One in three adults would struggle to pay housing costs for longer than a month if they lost their job, research shows.

Half of pensioners rely on benefits to maintain their quality of life

More than half of pensioners would have to make significant alterations to their lifestyles if not for the benefits system, according to new research.

Poorest ‘hit hardest’ by state pension age rises, say Age UK

Groups with low life expectancy should be able to 'get state pension early', say Age UK.

UK real wages plummet by more than 10% in just eight years

Real-terms wages in the UK fell by more than 10% between 2007 and 2015, the biggest fall among leading OECD countries.

Benefit delays responsible for one in five foodbank referrals, new research shows

New research provides valuable and unequivocal evidence on the causes of food poverty and who uses foodbanks.

Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS

Households on middle incomes receive 30% of income from benefits and tax credits, a rise on 20 years ago, report finds.

Tory Minister quit over Government changes to women’s state pension age

Baroness Ros Altmann quit because her efforts to improve pensions policy were thwarted by "short term political considerations".

Caring in later life significantly harms employment prospects

Age UK and Carers UK call for fresh approach to support those juggling work and unpaid care.

Council tax debt collection tactics pushing people further into the red

Citizens Advice report highlights how some councils add extra charges to a debt, send in bailiffs and take court action before trying to arrange repayment plans.

A basic income could be the best way to tackle inequality

In this precarious environment of work and welfare, universal income could guarantee a basic standard of living previously promised by both.

Nearly half of Brits willing to lend almost £500 to relatives – but may never get it back

45% of Brits willing to lend £500 to a family member despite almost half stating they have lent money previously that they didn't get back.

Budget 2016: Labour Attacks Government’s Help To Save Scheme

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith says scheme fails to compensate for cuts made elsewhere.

Casual Workers At Risk Of ‘Wage Theft’, Charity Warns

The number of people who contacted Citizens Advice for help with pay and entitlements issues against employers rose by 4% to 67,000 in 2015.

Average Wages Plummet By More Than 13%

Average gross earnings across the United Kingdom have plummeted by more than 13 per cent since 2008, according to a new report.




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".

Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years

New study confirms that the poorest are being hit hardest by continuing austerity.