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Government to review 1.6m disability benefit claims after U-turn

Estimated 220,000 claimants will get backdated higher personal independence payments.

Higher rate UK taxpayers gain most in budget changes

Rise in personal tax allowance benefits higher ratepayers by £340 a year with basic rate band £70 better off and universal credit recipients better by just 50p per week.

‘Kinship carers’ denied thousands of pounds over two-child cap

Campaigners call for change to rules as people are denied tax credits for their own children after caring for young relatives.

Northern Irish social workers could be prosecuted due to benefits ‘rape clause’

Professional group joins Labour in warning that claimants for children born of non-consensual sex may be criminalised.

Editorial: Where is the public outcry over the cruel benefits freeze?

Are the poor and disabled any less deserving of our support than public service workers?

Poor working families face big losses from benefit cuts, says IFS

Nearly 3m working households with children on tax credits face average loss of £2,500 a year, according to thinktank.

Ruth Davidson under attack over child tax credit form for rape victims

Nicola Sturgeon accuses Scottish Tory leader of ‘utterly shameful’ behaviour by refusing to denounce UK government policy.

Government under fire over new child tax credit form for rape victims

Form requiring rape victims to declare they do not live with attacker called ‘inhumane and barbaric’ and a ‘vile policy’.

Tax credit ‘rape clause’ becomes law without parliamentary vote

Controversial move, which requires woman who had third child as result of rape to verify her position, added to existing act.

Universal credit hits families with children hardest, study finds

Lone parent families will be on average £2,380 a year worse off while those with three children lose £2,540, analysis says.

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction.

HMRC criticised over handling of benefit sanctions contract

Watchdog says tax officials increased commission paid to outsourcing firm Concentrix despite evidence of failure.

Tax credit error costs families with disabled children £4,400 a year

‘Gap in data feed’ led to thousands of families missing up to £20,000 – but payments will only be backdated to April.

Labour to call on chancellor not to extend austerity beyond 2020

John McDonnell will use speech to say Philip Hammond should scrap planned benefit cuts in upcoming autumn statement.

Refusing child benefit payments could see new mums take a state pension hit

A failure to make an initial claim may see them lose £5,000.

Treasury refuses to hold inquiry into Concentrix tax credits contract

Despite cross-party criticism of mistakes made by the firm, Treasury says there is no need ‘to go into inquiries etc etc'.

‘Reign of terror’ tax credit company loses HMRC contract

US firm Concentrix heavily criticised by Frank Field will not be given further work by tax collector.

John McDonnell: Labour Taking A Close Look At Universal Basic Income

Shadow chancellor says the concept of an unconditional payment to all could prepare country for robotisation of the workforce.

UN Asks Government To Explain Two-Child Cap On Child Tax Credits

SNP raised concerns about ‘medieval’ clause that it says discriminates against those who may want larger families for religious reasons.

Stephen Crabb Urged To Overhaul ‘Salami-Sliced’ Universal Credit System

Shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith says the welfare policy will hit millions of low-paid workers in the pocket.

Equalities Watchdog Criticises Planned Cuts To Work Support Allowance

Equalities and Human Rights Commission says cutting £30 a week from ESA benefits will disproportionately hit disabled people.

Iain Duncan Smith Refuses To Set Up Freephone For Families Claiming Benefits

Universal credit system will be claimed either online or by ringing an 0345 number, which costs 45p a minute from mobile or 12p a minute from landline.




Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

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".