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‘Tories are letting global tax dodgers off the hook’, say Labour

Tories accused of "dragging their feet" on ensuring the super-rich and big corporations pay their fair share in tax.

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.

Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit, says Iain Duncan Smith’s thinktank

Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits instead.

Two in three would pay more tax to fund NHS services, poll reveals

Majority also believe people should be fined for missed appointments.

May Day report by MPs damns growing UK gig economy

Work and pensions committee says employers force workers into bogus self-employment and free-ride on welfare state.

New bombshell for self-employed: pay 400% more NICs … or lose state pension

Despite the chancellor’s NICs U-turn, those who earn below £6,000 still face a five-fold increase – unless the government acts before next year.

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.

Philip Hammond scraps national insurance rise for the self-employed

Chancellor performs U-turn on much-criticised budget tax grab, accepting that it breached wording of Tory manifesto.

Families could lose up to 16% of income after national insurance changes

Study finds self-employed single parent of two on £10,000 faces losing thousands due to rise in NICs and cuts to universal credit.

Theresa May urged to reshape welfare with ‘social insurance’

Firmer link between contributions and receipts is on table as PM calls first cabinet meeting since summer break.

Taxes and benefit cuts await 1 in 8 people using Tory pension freedoms – report

One in eight people using new pension freedoms have being caught out by unexpected taxes and cuts to benefits, says Citizens Advice.

Nicky Morgan Confronted On Tory Tax And Benefit Changes (Video)

BBC Newsnight questions Education Secretary Nicky Morgan on how IFS data shows the poorest are bearing the brunt of Tory tax and benefit changes.

George Osborne Accused Of Hitting Most Vulnerable With Tax Plans

Chancellor urged by Labour and Lib Dems to give priority in his budget to low earners and use spare money to offset welfare cuts.

Tax Credit Cuts Face Major Mitigation As Tory MPs Fear They ‘Go Too Far’

George Osborne hears cuts should not hit existing tax credit recipients and should be delayed until end of parliament.

Tory Government Colluding With Big Business Tax Avoiders, Union Claims

The Government has been accused of effectively colluding with big business in helping them to avoid paying National Insurance.

Osborne’s ‘National Living Wage’ Won’t Compensate For Tory Benefit Cuts, Says IFS

Osborne's so-called 'National Living Wage' will do little to compensate low-income working families affected by changes to the tax, tax credits and benefits system.

‘Bogus’ Self Employment Costing MILLIONS In Lost Tax Revenue

As many as 460,000 hard-working low-income workers are being forced into self-employment by tax dodging employers.

George Osborne Introduces New ‘Living Wage’ But Cuts Working-Age Benefits

Chancellor unveils new "living wage" but hits the poor with sweeping cuts to welfare and in-work benefits.

Universal Credit Could Lift As Many As 500,000 Children Out Of Poverty, Says TUC

New research suggests that the roll our of Universal Credit could lift as many as 500,000 children out of poverty.

Tories Consider Tax Cuts For The Richest, While Hammering The Poor With £12bn Welfare Cuts

The move would see the top rate of tax being lowered from 45p to 40p, while hammering low-income families with £12bn in welfare cuts.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 27 (18/04/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.

Tory Tax ‘Con’ Benefits Rich More Than The Working Poor, Says TUC

Conservative Party tax giveaways would benefit the rich ten times more than low-income working families, according to new research published today.




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.

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.