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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.

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.

Child poverty in Britain set to soar to new record, says thinktank

IFS forecast that 37% of children will be in relative poverty by 2022 would see all progress made in the last 20 years undone.

NHS staff ‘quitting to work in supermarkets because of poor pay’

Policy of limiting rises to 1% is damaging health service and must not be pursued into next parliament, say NHS leaders.

Theresa May weighing up cheaper ‘double lock’ for pensions

‘Triple-lock’ policy that guarantees increase in basic state pension each year could be ditched for weaker ‘double lock’ and money used for social care instead.

NHS draws up list of items to be banned from prescriptions

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens removes gluten-free food and medication for upset stomachs and haemorrhoids from list of prescribed items.

Health cuts most likely cause of major rise in mortality, study claims

Government refutes verdict that NHS and social care cuts may have caused 30,000 excess deaths in England and Wales 2015.

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest.

Seven-day NHS plan puts weekday surgeries at risk, warns top GP

Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard says government’s pledge to guarantee access to family doctors at weekends is unrealistic.

No evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office

Government has failed to measure whether sanctions represent value for money, while application varies widely, find auditors.

‘Just about managing’ families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020 – study

Research published ahead of autumn statement shows universal credit cuts, benefit rate freeze and rising rents are hitting low-income households.

English care home closures are leaving vulnerable people at risk, says watchdog

CQC warns that sector as a whole is at risk as providers of care for elderly and disabled people pull out over rising costs and cuts to council budgets.

Right-to-buy reform urged as council leaders fear for social housing

Figures show that replacements for homes sold under the right-to-buy scheme fell by 27% last year, worsening the housing crisis.

Osborne Under Fire As Treasury Retreats Over Disability Benefits Cuts

Budget proposals to be ‘kicked into the long grass’ as Conservative rebellion and anger among charities grows.

Cuts ‘Will See 200,000 Disabled People Lose £3,000 A Year’

Labour analysis finds another 400,000 people will lose £1,400 as campaigners attack George Osborne’s plans.

Cameron’s EU Migrant Benefit Brake ‘Largely Irrelevant’, Says Corbyn

As 28 EU members meet to agree a deal on the UK’s demands for EU reform, Labour leader brands whole renegotiation a ‘theatrical sideshow’.

Four EU States Reject Cameron’s Migrant Benefits Plan

Donald Tusk says leaders will have to go ‘extra mile’ to reach agreement as Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Czech Republic revolt on eve of key summit.

NHS Vows To Transform Mental Health Services With Extra £1bn A Year

Taskforce calls for provision of 24/7 support for people in crisis and 10% reduction in suicide rates.

British Left Vulnerable To Hunger After Welfare Reforms, Warns Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury claims benefit sanctions and bureaucratic delays in welfare mean government is partly to blame for ‘tragedy’ of hunger.

Care Bodies Demand Crisis Talks With Osborne Over Support Shortfall

Homes will have to close, say four health bodies in letter to ministers asking what has happened to £6bn from care-cap savings.

Spending Review Will Still Leave Poor Families Worse Off, Say Experts

IFS says there is 50-50 chance Osborne will have to revisit spending plans, while Resolution Foundation says some families could lose £3,000 a year by 2020.

George Osborne’s Spending Review Cuts To Hit Social Care And Police

Chancellor to spell out how axe will fall on Whitehall budgets that were not protected in election manifesto pledge.




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.