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The poorest in society are being hit the hardest by the Government's tax and welfare changes, the official equality watchdog has warned. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said an analysis of all the changes to tax, social security and public spending since the Conservatives came to power in…
Many low income families will be worse off despite tax changes and a higher living wage because of cuts to Universal Credit, a new report warns. Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that by 2022, families with one working parent will lose more from cuts to the benefits system…
Vulnerable households across the UK are set to fork out an extra £400 million to UK energy firms after failing to gain assistance through an extended price cap, a new report shows. Ofgem data compiled by energy provider Bulb found that while the energy watchdog's prepayment price cap was extended…
Welfare assessors could be given access to claimants' medical records in a bid improve the service, the Work and Pensions Secretary has told MPs. David Gauke also said that meetings between claimants and assessors may be "recorded and audited" to ensure the advice provided was of "suitable quality". Tory MP…
Scotland is taking a "bolder and more focused" approach to tackling fuel poverty, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said. The Scottish Government missed its target to eradicate the problem by 2016, with ministers now looking to set new goals to reduce it. A new consultation is being launched, with Mr Stewart…
Homeless people in Britain now outnumber the population of Newcastle, a leading housing charity has said. The total number of homeless people jumped by 13,000 year-on-year to 307,000, a new Shelter report has revealed. Its review - which combines official rough-sleeping and temporary accommodation figures and social services figures -…
Foodbanks could struggle to meet demand this winter unless urgent action is taken to improve Universal Credit (UC), the Government has been warned. The Trussell Trust said it was on course to deliver a record number of food parcels from its 428 foodbanks across the UK during the current financial…
New job-seeking requirements placed on parents of young children under Universal Credit risk pushing single-parent families into poverty, a report warns. A study by campaign group Gingerbread suggested that 165,000 single parents of pre-school aged children are at increased risk of going into poverty and debt because of new conditions…
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