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Austerity campaigner Charlotte Hughes considers what social workers and other professionals should be be doing to challenge poverty, austerity and stigma... More than a million people in the UK are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry, and this figure is rising…
Ministers have unveiled changes that will allow disabled people to keep their specially adapted cars and other vehicles for longer should they have their benefits withdrawn. Those who lose eligibility for the Motability scheme will now be able to keep their cars for up to six months, including through any…
Around one million "unsung heroes" who care for vulnerable relatives will be given a £10 a week benefits boost under the first year of a Labour government, Jeremy Corbyn will announce. Conservative cuts to inheritance tax would be scrapped to pay for the 17% hike in Carer's Allowance, the Labour…
More than 50,000 disabled people have had specially adapted cars and other vehicles taken away as they move over to a controversial new disability benefit, according to the charity that runs the scheme. MPs and campaigners are now demanding changes to the Motability programme, so vehicles are not taken away…
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has called on Ruth Davidson to confront the Prime Minister on the UK Government's controversial "rape clause". The policy came into force last week as part of welfare reforms limiting claims for child tax credit and Universal Credit to the first two children. An exemption…
Thousands of disabled people who suffer from progressively worsening conditions will face reassessment for their benefits this year, new figures show. Campaigners and MPs are now demanding changes to stop those with such conditions being repeatedly reassessed to claim personal independence payments (PIP). Between April and October, 3,500 people suffering…
The tax credits renewal process has been a "catastrophic failure" which caused unnecessary hardship and distress to people, a damning Commons report has found. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) insisted the Government must learn from its mistakes ahead of renewals in 2017 as the 2016 problems were "entirely predictable". The…
Major changes to the benefits system coming into force on Thursday will condemn hundreds of thousands more children to poverty, charities have warned. The Children's Society called on the Government to think again over imposing a new "two-child limit" on Universal Credit and child tax credit as the move will…
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