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Universal Credit waiting times have "plunged people into misery and despair", according to a United Nations envoy.Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said on Friday the introduction of Universal Credit has caused extreme hardship but could easily be reversed by the Government.He claimed…
Campaigners have called for more action to be taken to help the one million people in Scotland living in poverty.The Poverty Alliance said that 230,000 children are included in the one-million figure.Scotland is the only part of the UK with targets for reducing poverty after the Child Poverty Act was…
Problems with Universal Credit are driving an increase in the number of emergency supplies handed out at food banks, new figures reveal.The Trussell Trust said its network provided 658,048 supplies between April and September, a 13% increase on the same period a year ago.The charity said that if the five-week…
Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on inequalities among asthma patients states that children growing up in homes with mould are up to three times…
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more. Since the Scottish Welfare Fund was set up by ministers…
Jeremy Corbyn criticised Philip Hammond for delivering a "broken promise Budget" as he insisted austerity needs to end because it has failed. The Labour leader said eight years of austerity has "damaged our economy" and delayed the recovery, adding the Government has not abandoned the policy despite the Chancellor's latest…
Philip Hammond's Budget will do nothing for those "massacred" by the Universal Credit welfare reforms, a veteran MP has said. Frank Field, who chairs the Commons' Work and Pensions Committee, poured scorn over the Chancellor's Budget. He told MPs it would do little to help those who have been left…
Philip Hammond used his Budget to offer early tax cuts for millions of workers and extra cash for Whitehall departments, as he began the process of easing austerity. Boosted by improved public finance forecasts, the Chancellor promised a "brighter future" after years of constraint imposed following the financial crash. Measures…
A charity is warning of a "hidden crisis" of childhood poverty after reporting that demand for its services has never been greater. London-based Little Village said it had supported almost 2,000 families since it was set up two years ago, handing out hundreds of cots, buggies and nappy supplies. Half…
Philip Hammond will announce a £2 billion increase in funding for mental health services as he delivers what is expected to be his final Budget before Britain leaves the EU. After weeks of turmoil over Brexit, Tory MPs will be looking to the Chancellor to raise party morale with his…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has acknowledged further change is needed to the system of Universal Credit (UC) amid fresh warnings it is causing "unacceptable" hardship to claimants.Ms McVey (pictured) denied presiding over a culture of "indifference" after a committee of MPs accused her department of turning a "deaf…
Universal Credit is causing unacceptable hardship for many of its claimants, according to a report from a public spending watchdog.It suggested the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) appears to be turning a "deaf ear" to these concerns.The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the department's "fortress mentality" is failing claimants…
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