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Theresa May has again rejected calls to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit as ministers announced that controversial charges of up to 55p a minute to call a helpline were to be scrapped. Appearing before a Commons committee, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke (pictured) said the line would be…
A Tory MP is set to miss a debate and vote on welfare policy because he will be running the line at a Champions League football tie in Barcelona. Douglas Ross has been listed as assistant referee at the Camp Nou stadium for Wednesday night's match against Greek side Olympiacos.…
The lives and safety of people with epilepsy are being put at risk by an inadequate and ineffective disability benefits system, campaigners have warned. Epilepsy Action says the condition has the highest refusal rate for people claiming the personal independence payment (PIP) - 20% above the national average for all…
Many young parents are struggling financially, campaigners have warned. Around two in five of those who had their first child by the time they were 25 are just managing to get by, according to a new report by Action for Children. It calculates that over 12 months, a young parent…
The bottom fifth of households in London own just 0.1% of the capital's wealth, including finances and property, a new study shows. Research by the Trust for London suggested 2.3 million Londoners are living in poverty, even though record numbers of people are in work. The charity said a record…
Tory MPs have called on the Government to halt the rollout of its controversial new benefits payment system over concerns about the impact on claimants, it has been reported. A letter backed by 12 MPs has been sent to Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke urging him to pause the…
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised for comments suggesting that the rise in the number of foodbanks was "rather uplifting", it is reported. The backbencher was challenged during an interview on LBC over the growth in foodbanks under the Conservative Government. He said it had happened because of a…
Almost one in four people over the age of 65 are struggling financially, showing there is no end to "pensioner poverty", a new report claims. Age UK said despite so many older people having money problems, around £3.5 billion in financial help was going unclaimed every year in benefits, including…
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