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More than 16,500 people and a coalition of 80 charities have signed a letter urging party leaders to put an end to disability benefit cuts. Paralympians Kadeena Cox and Anne Wafula Strike and BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills are among those to have signed the open letter to all…
Financial support for poorer parents will more than double from summer 2019 when the first new Scottish benefit starts being paid, Social Security Secretary Angela Constance has said. Qualifying families will receive £1,100 for their first child under the best start grant, with the money split into three payments which…
The Government has failed to deliver more than £4 billion in planned cuts to disability benefits, new analysis has found. Senior Labour MPs accused the Tories of "creating further waste and expense" with their reforms to the system, forcing further cuts elsewhere in the welfare budget. Office for Budget Responsibility…
Urgent action is needed to improve the child support system amid concerns single-parent families are "slipping through the safety net", MPs have warned. The Work and Pensions Committee said the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) must be tougher on enforcing payment of child support and tackling gaps in its provision for…
The UK Government has been urged to rethink "incoherent" plans to close a swathe of Jobcentres in Scotland. Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee said the proposals showed "a lack of planning" and called for a full review. A report from the committee criticised the way in which the Department for Work…
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…
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…
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