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Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Poorer Britons face three years of income stagnation, says report

Resolution Foundation warns of rising inequality amid cuts to working-age benefits.

Homeless man dies on ‘doorstep’ of Houses of Parliament

MPs criticise government policies after rough sleeper pronounced dead in Westminster area, London.

Councils used as ‘human shields’ for cuts, says John McDonnell

Shadow chancellor accuses government of forcing cash-strapped councils to absorb cuts.

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

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

Most children in UK’s poorest areas now growing up in poverty

End Child Poverty says years-long freeze on benefits is major factor in emerging crisis.

Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits

‘Lockdown’ is a model that can make £56,000 a year from public funds. But the scandal goes on.

The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits

Study finds many people are not claiming support they are entitled to and warns some are put off by the benefits system.

Councils forced to fund emergency help for universal credit claimants

Labour says its findings offer more evidence that the government should pause rollout of new benefit system.

MPs condemn ‘abject failure’ of homelessness policy

Public accounts committee says homelessness is a national crisis and DCLG has been unacceptably complacent.

Families with stable jobs at risk of homelessness in Britain, report finds

Nurses are among those ending up with nowhere to live after being evicted by private-sector landlords, says watchdog.

UK jobs boom is petering out, claims employers’ survey

Manpower poll shows hiring staff is flatlining in London and depicts firms as the least confident for five years about taking on new workers.

Low-income households at risk as mortgage support benefit is axed

Crucial welfare payment will be turned into a loan from 2018, affecting 124,000 individuals who rely on it.

Four in 10 right-to-buy homes are now owned by private landlords

Tenants living in homes sold under Margaret Thatcher’s scheme now pay twice the rents charged by local authorities.

UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty

Almost 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more pensioners plunged into poverty in past four years, new study finds.

Survey reveals impact of proposed funding cuts on women fleeing abuse

Women’s Aid says 39% of refuges will have to close in England under plans to remove supported housing from welfare system.

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.

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.

Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘astonishing failure’ after GP numbers fall by 1,190

NHS figures show drop of 1,193 family doctors in past year, despite pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 by 2020.

Charities warn of ‘devastating cost’ of cuts to children’s services

With council spending on early intervention cut by 40%, ministers urged to prevent ‘crisis turning into catastrophe’.

People left without heating due to spending cuts, says fuel poverty group

Health of low-income households at risk as funding cuts slash support for replacing and repairing boilers, pressure group warns.

PIP: the disability benefit that almost killed my wife

If the personal independence payment experts had bothered to read Bea’s notes, a process that triggered two overdoses might never have started.




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.