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Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

Poorer Britons face three years of income stagnation, says report

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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‘No-deal’ Brexit likely to hit low-income families hardest

Sharp price rises could cost average household £260 a year if UK leaves EU without a trade deal while richest will be least affected.

Poundland ‘gets jobless to work for free under government scheme’

Participants in DWP work experience programme say budget chain used them to stack shelves all day.

A million women £32 a week worse off thanks to pension age changes

IFS says increased UK state pension age is lifting earnings from employment but only partially offsetting reduced incomes from other benefits.

Incomes in south-east of England ‘are 25% higher than in West Midlands’

TUC urges government to act as IFS report highlights growing north-south divide and regional concentration of poverty.

UK minimum wage law ‘should cover more self-employed workers’

Rules should apply to those whose prices are set by a firm, such as Uber and minicab drivers, says Resolution Foundation.

Tory pledge to cap energy bills missing from Queen’s speech

Protection for 17m families paying most expensive tariff, which Tories promised in election campaign, has been dropped.

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.

UK should axe state pension for rich people, says OECD

Scrapping payments to wealthiest 5% to 10% would allow government to give more to people in greater need, says thinktank.

Raising pension age will mean many people die before getting it, say MPs

Government should move away from ‘triple lock’ guarantee, says work and pensions select committee.

Government failure to act means gender pay gap will remain, say MPs

Women and equalities committee makes claim after ministers reject proposals aimed at helping women back into workforce.

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.

Jobcentre staff at risk amid plans to close one in 10 offices

Employment minister says buildings are underused as people increasingly claim benefits online.

Chancellor urged to use £2.4bn ‘surplus’ to ease social care crisis

Unison says an expected £2.4 billion 'surplus' in business taxes should be used to help ease the adult social care crisis in England.

Labour to call on chancellor not to extend austerity beyond 2020

John McDonnell will use speech to say Philip Hammond should scrap planned benefit cuts in upcoming autumn statement.




DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

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.