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Labour seeks government defeat on cuts to childcare

MP Angela Rayner says her party wants to block Tories’ vouchers and free school meals snatch.

School holidays leave 3 million children at risk of hunger, report says

Cross-party group of MPs and peers cites evidence of children existing on diets of crisps when school canteens are shut.

Communities to provide free lunches for children during school holidays

To ease burden on poor families, churches and community groups around UK are making thousands of meals available.

Social Mobility Hindered By ‘Culture Of Inequality’ In School System – Peers

Lords report says curriculum focuses too much on academic route, leaving those who do not go to university unprepared for world of work.

Bedroom Tax Harming Children’s Learning Amid Stress And Hunger, Experts Claim

Parents cutting back on food and clothing due to benefit reforms lead to adverse impacts and material hardship for children, researchers find.

Labour Warns Children Would Go Hungry If Universal Free Meals Scrapped

Flagship policy of Nick Clegg to give free meals to all schoolchildren should not be canceled, says new shadow education secretary Lucy Powell.




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.