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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…
Labour has put further pressure on the Government's benefit cap after new figures showed around 20,000 families were affected by a policy ruled unlawful by the High Court. New analysis from the Department for Work and Pensions shows 19,700 households affected by the benefit cap were single parents with children…
A total of 10 jobcentres across Scotland are to close, including six in Glasgow, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed. Some smaller jobcentres will be merged with larger ones under the proposals while others will be co-located with local government premises. The department first announced closure plans…
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