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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.

Universal Credit payment system puts ‘vulnerable women and children in danger’

"It is astonishing that women in the UK may be having to choose between poverty and abuse because of Tory welfare policy."

Comment on the need for constitutional reform to combat UK poverty

Why a written constitution is urgently needed to challenge a "political system that serves only the interests of the few".

‘Substantial minority’ of disability claimants failed by system – MPs

Committee outlines assessment failings, including woman asked why she had not killed herself.

Tories reject calls to aid women hit by state pension age increase

Labour MP Jack Dromey claimed women are "suffering and losing out due to the acceleration of the state pension age and lack of proper notice".

PM urged to ‘end the injustice’ faced by WASPI women

SNP Leader at Westminster Ian Blackford says the PM "should do the right thing" and give WASPI women the pension they "rightfully deserve".

More than 220,000 people score ZERO points in disability benefit assessments

Tory disability benefit changes are causing "great distress" to thousands of sick and disabled people, says Labour MP.

Universal Credit ‘shambles’ leaves Scottish tenants vulnerable to eviction, warns SNP MP

Figures show 29% of landlords have already evicted a tenant for Universal Credit rent arrears.

1 in 3 Brits still don’t know what Universal Credit actually is

Researchers uncover continued uncertainty around Universal Credit, with some people believing the new benefits system is a UK mobile data plan.

Universal Credit: ‘People are dying waiting for their claims’, says MP

SNP MP Drew Hendry says the UK government is failing terminally ill people who make a claim for universal credit.

One million children to miss out on free school meals under universal credit

The Children's Society has called on the Government to "provide free school meals for all children on universal credit".

DWP rebuked over ‘terrible’ response to PIP review

Response "is a terrible missed opportunity" to immediately improve the Personal Independence Payment assessment process, says Frank Field MP.

Tories could be forced to conduct an assessment on the impact of welfare changes

Labour has secured a vote to force the Government to conduct an assessment of the impact of social security changes on disadvantaged groups.

DWP officials pocket £44 million in ‘performance’ bonuses despite universal credit debacle

Figures also show DWP ministers spent £35million defending cruel decisions to deny sick and disabled people vital benefits.

DWP agrees to reform benefit appeals process following pressure from MPs

80% target for upholding original PIP and ESA decisions at the first stage of appeal will be dropped.

Britain’s poor and vulnerable ‘living in fear’ of Universal Credit rollout

Single mum with Bipolar Disorder says she's constantly "living in fear" of the next DWP letter posted through her letterbox - and she isn't alone.

Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports

DWP forced to hand internal assessment reports to the work and pensions committee, but MPs say the public should also be allowed access.

One in three people with MS refused disability benefit

DWP reject around a third of new claims for Personal Independence Payment from people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Tories unveil plan to get more disabled people into work

Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, reforming statutory sick pay, and large-scale employment research pilots.

Theresa May ‘behaving like Scrooge’ over Universal Credit hardship

Thousands of families are "facing utter misery" over Christmas due to Universal Credit wait, says Unite.

Universal Credit changes ‘do not go far enough’, says Debbie Abrahams

Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary said thousands of people will be left without adequate financial support this Christmas.

Tories under pressure over Universal Credit ‘flaws and failings’

SNP to present a 'Ten Minute Rule Bill' at Westminster, aimed at improving the options available for Universal Credit claimants.




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.