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600,000 pensioners could lose winter fuel allowance under LibDem plans

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has vowed to scrap winter fuel allowance for wealthier pensioners.

LibDems pledge an extra £6bn a year for NHS and social care

Policy would be paid for with a 1p rise on all rates of income tax.

Greens call for ‘progressive electoral alliance’ to challenge Tories

Greens say there is an 'urgent need' for progressive parties to work together against austerity and the slashing of human and workers’ rights.

BT Accused Of ‘Shameless Profiteering’ Over Universal Credit Helpline

Tim Farron estimates the telecoms company has made a minimum of £1.49m from calls made by people struggling with the new benefits system.

Government Facing Defeat In Lords Over Tax Credits

Tim Farron instructs peers to back fatal motion, greatly increasing chances of government being defeated.

Welfare News Service Summary – Week Ending Saturday 5 April 2014

Links and details of all the weeks news published by the Welfare News Service - week ending 5 April 2014.

46 Liberal Democrat Peers Vote To Keep The ‘Bedroom Tax’ – 24hrs After Party President Opposed It

46 Liberal Democrat peers voted to keep the hated 'Bedroom Tax', despite party president saying the Lib Dems could no longer support the controversial policy.




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.