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Ben Bradley under fire for blogpost urging jobless people to have vasectomies

MP appointed as Conservative party vice-chair wrote article in 2012 saying unemployed people should not have large families.

Benefit freeze to stay for working people costing typical family £300 a year

Tories accused of using royal engagement to bury bad news as welfare freeze remains for another 12 months from April.

Inquiry into disability benefits ‘deluged’ by tales of despair

More than 3,000 people have written to work and pensions committee in despair at system, many saying they have been driven to suicidal thoughts.

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare system rollout to be paused and fixed.

Labour and rebel Tories secure debate on universal credit rollout

Three-hour parliamentary session to take place as pressure grows to reduce six-week delay before benefits payments begin.

Universal credit helpline charges to be scrapped

Work and pensions secretary says all DWP helplines will become free, one week after Jeremy Corbyn asked Theresa May about issue.

Chancellor urged to lower tax rate on universal credit

Conservative MP calls on Philip Hammond to cut rate to allow people receiving in-work benefits to work more hours without facing such heavy tax.

Corbyn urges benefits rethink and end to 55p-a-minute helpline rate

Labour leader clashes with Theresa May over universal credit in first PMQs since party conferences.

MPs urge government to delay universal credit rollout

MPs’ letter calls for extension of universal credit to be postponed until next year to avoid people suffering Christmas hardship.

UK judges rule DWP wrong to deny appeals over refused benefits

Department for Work and Pensions unlawfully stopped people going to tribunal to challenge refusals, judges say.

Universal credit rollout should be delayed as it is ‘failing too many people’

Citizens Advice produces fresh evidence that new benefit is causing debt and financial insecurity among recipients.

Labour will give pay rise to ‘overworked and underpaid’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary pledges to ‘end Tory privatisation’ by reversing moves to bring private providers into NHS.

Sharp rise in rejected claims for disability benefit

Labour raises alarm over number of people being turned down for personal independence payments.

Charities call for NHS to stop rationing critical care

PM urged to find more money in budget for patients with rare and complex conditions.

Children’s commissioners write to home secretary over end of Dubs scheme

Commissioners for Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland write to Amber Rudd calling for government to do more to help child refugees.

Jeremy Corbyn accuses May of sweetheart deal with Surrey council

Labour leader confronts PM with leaked text messages raising questions over Surrey’s surprise scrapping of council tax referendum.

Jeremy Hunt accused of watering down four-hour A&E waiting target

Health secretary tells MPs only people with urgent health problems should be expected to be seen within that period.

Third of councils to lose cash in social care changes, says Burnham

Former Labour health secretary says redistribution of the new homes bonus means less money for some local authorities.

Social care spending falling below £554 minimum in most areas

Postcode lottery revealed as government prepares to allow local authorities to bring forward council tax rises to avert crisis.

No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits

Theresa May’s spokesman says sanctioning obese people who refuse help is not under consideration after report dismissed idea.

Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM’s pledge to support families who are ‘just about managing’.

Sick pay and work assessments to be reviewed, Jeremy Hunt reveals

Consultation to be carried out as cost of treating long-term health conditions that prevent people from working reaches £7bn.




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".