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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…
The UK's Children's Commissioners have called for a halt in the controversial roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) for families with children as they face an "almost impossible challenge" due to the weeks-long wait for payments. In a direct plea to the Chancellor, they said a pause was "essential" to prevent…
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…
Millions of pounds is being wasted on reassessing people with Parkinson's for benefits even though their condition will never improve, campaigners have warned. Analysis by Parkinson's UK suggests it will cost £3 million to reassess everyone with Parkinson's as they switch over from disability living allowance (DLA) to its replacement…
Benefit cuts are pushing an extra 400,000 children into absolute poverty, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said. The biggest rises are hitting Wales, the North East, East Midlands, and Northern Ireland, with child poverty levels predicted to increase by 4% nationally between 2015/16 to 2021/22, the report states.…
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…
About 30,000 disabled people in Scotland could lose entitlement to disability benefits as a result of UK Government welfare reforms, according to a new report. The Scottish Government research looked at the impact of welfare policies affecting disabled people, including the replacement of disability living allowance (DLA) for working-age people…
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