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"Just about managing" families on the lower end of the pay spectrum are set for three years of stagnating living standards, a new report has warned. The Resolution Foundation think tank said average incomes are set to rise over the years before the next general election in 2022, following real-terms…
Disabled people are unable to afford the same standard of living as non-disabled people, a charity has warned. A new report from the disability charity Scope found that disabled people have "much less" to live on and are having to fork out an average of £570 a month related to…
A "pervasive lack of trust" among disabled people in the method of assessing their welfare claims risks undermining the operation of the Government's flagship benefits, MPs have warned. Since 2013, 290,000 rejected claims for Personal Independence Payments or Employment and Support Allowance have been granted on appeal - a total…
More than £100 million has been spent by the Department for Work and Pensions on administering reviews and appeals against disability benefits in little more than two years, new figures show. This is in addition to the tens of millions of pounds spent every year by the Ministry of Justice…
Families hit by the Government's "two-child limit" for welfare payments have started a High Court action against the policy. The rule, introduced in April last year, restricts child tax credits and universal credit to the first two children in a family. Lawyers acting on behalf of three UK families told…
A company which provides cars for disabled people has stockpiled £2.4 billion of taxpayers' money and pays its chief executive £1.7 million a year, it has been reported. Motability, a charitable scheme which offers cars to wheelchair users in exchange for part of their government-funded mobility allowance, ran up the…
The recent rise in homelessness has its roots in welfare reform and the housing market, almost entirely accounted for by an increase in families losing their privately-rented housing, experts have said. The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1,768 in 2010 to…
A Government minister has described claims from an SNP MP that people have "taken their own lives as a result of Government's benefit policies" as "appalling and unsubstantiated". Work and Pensions minister Sarah Newton branded the comments shameful as SNP Deidre Brock urged her to "apologise to the victims of…
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