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Rethink on housing benefit cap for elderly and vulnerable

Move follows outcry from charities and evidence that housing projects have been abandoned.

Hammond urged to scrap benefit cap as 1 million face homelessness

Shelter calls on chancellor to act in next month’s budget while council leaders attack failure to fix ‘broken’ housing market.

Osborne’s huge tax giveaway starts for rich – as the poor are hit

Wealthy get 80% of rewards from tax and welfare changes introduced by George Osborne that begin to come into effect this week.

Benefit freeze leaves families facing steep rent rise or eviction, Shelter warns

Teachers and other public sector workers risk homelessness.

Housing benefit cuts for young people may be scaled back

Cameron-era policy under review after warnings of severe hardship if changes come into force in April.

Care for elderly ‘close to collapse’ across UK as council funding runs out

Theresa May under pressure as doctors urge funding U-turn and cross-party alliance warns millions of people are at risk.

Tory tax and benefit plans ‘widen generation divide’

Split seen in EU referendum will worsen as cash redistributed to the old, independent analysis finds.

Tory Party At War As Iain Duncan Smith Allies Slam ‘Immoral Cuts’

David Cameron launches counterattack after claims that work and pensions secretary ‘felt he carried can for disability row’.

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.

Cuts ‘To Hit Care Of Elderly In Poorest Areas’

Home visits face crisis because powers to raise tax favour richer boroughs, warns Local Government Association.

HMRC Fails To Answer Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tax Credit Calls

System could collapse by next spring, say critics, as HMRC website reveals shocking tally of unanswered and terminated calls.

Tory MPs In 71 Marginal Seats At Risk From Cuts To Tax Credits

Fresh pressure on George Osborne to halt controversial measure that will leave 3.2 million families worse off by average of £1,300 a year.

NHS On Brink Of Collapse, Warns Former Health Minister

Norman Lamb predicts healthcare system will crash in two years and says Tories are being dishonest over crisis.

Child Poverty Rise Across Britain ‘Halts Progress Made Since 1990s’

New figures expected to show clear increase in child poverty, as charities blame bedroom tax and benefit cuts.

Jeremy Hunt Accused Of Covering Up Critical NHS Report

Health secretary has withheld damning management study by former M&S boss Stuart Rose for political reasons, claims Tory MP Sarah Wollaston.

Ed Miliband: We Will Introduce Tougher Rules On Benefits For New Migrants

Labour leader says right to welfare ‘must be earned’ and admits that the recent success of Ukip is a real danger




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".