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Council funding for women’s refuges cut by nearly £7m since 2010

Funding is down at two-thirds of local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland, data reveals.

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.

Councils used as ‘human shields’ for cuts, says John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor accuses government of forcing cash-strapped councils to absorb cuts.

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.

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.

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.

Public sector pay cap to be lifted next year, No 10 says

Cabinet agrees pay rises for prison and police officers this year but prison union says offer amounts to real-terms cut.

A million women £32 a week worse off thanks to pension age changes

IFS says increased UK state pension age is lifting earnings from employment but only partially offsetting reduced incomes from other benefits.

Social care cuts to continue in spite of £1bn boost, English councils say

Local authorities plan to find £824m of savings, meaning they will be spending £6bn less on social care than in 2010 when austerity began.

Health unions urge Theresa May to ditch NHS pay cap

Unions representing cross-section of healthcare staff increase pressure on government to use Queen’s speech to lift 1% restriction on pay rises.

Disabled children in England ‘finding it increasingly hard to access council care’

Since 2004 the number of children with disabilities has risen by 50% but fewer appear to qualify for council help, according to National Children’s Bureau.

UK austerity policies ‘amount to violations of disabled people’s rights’

UN says measures aimed at reducing public spending since 2010 have affected disabled people disproportionately.

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

Backbenchers ‘girding themselves’ for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor’s autumn statement.

Social care cuts take English service to tipping point, regulator warns

Care Quality Commission says level of cuts to service is affecting A&E units, causing bedblocking and failing elderly at-home patients.

Council cuts push specialist housing for vulnerable people into the cold

Charities say 14% fall in spending by councils on supported housing for people with mental health issues is short-sighted and will cost more in the long run.

Doubts grow over ‘totemic’ cash pledge to pensioners

Triple-lock protection too costly, says former pensions minister, as work and pensions department refuses to rule out review.

Jeremy Hunt has broken NHS funding pledges, report finds

MPs claim other parts of the Department of Health’s budget, such as public health, are being diverted to fund NHS England.

Councils ‘Forcing Homeless Families To Relocate Miles Away’

Overstretched local authorities unlawfully moving people up to 100 miles from schools and support networks, says Shelter.

DWP Being Evasive Over Universal Credit Delays, MPs Claim

Iain Duncan Smith’s department accused of blocking efforts to find out cause of delays to flagship welfare scheme.

NHS Chief Demands Political Consensus On Funding Elderly And Social Care

Simon Stevens says key to tackling the challenge of paying for care of ageing population is ‘intergenerational fairness’.

PM Says ‘No Conflict’ Between Fighting Poverty And Cutting Benefits

David Cameron sets out plan to improve life chances of the ‘left behind’, insisting strategy compatible with welfare cuts.

The Benefits Cap On Carers Is Discriminatory And A False Economy

The cap has been ruled discriminatory and unlawful for full-time carers of disabled adult relatives, yet Iain Duncan Smith seems bent on pursuing this senseless policy.




Housing associations rake in record profits while only building 597 homes for social rent

Housing associations appear to be moving away from building social housing in favour of more profitable options.

Disabled man had to sleep rough and ‘sofa surf’ because of council faults

Ombudsman says Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead did not act quickly enough to find him suitable accommodation.

DWP win legal case which could “severely curtail” benefit claimant’s human rights

Win could prevent benefit claimants from using the Human Rights Act when challenging cruel benefits decisions at tribunal.

Welfare debate highlights the very worst of Tory ‘callousness’ towards Britain’s poorest

Tories "have their heads firmly in the sand" over the devastating impact of their welfare policies, says SNP MP.

Child Benefit and Tax Credit payment dates over Easter 2018

Some people could receive their benefits up to four days early this Easter - here's what you need to know.

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".