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Changes to the Government's flagship welfare scheme are to be made after strong criticism that low income families were suffering. Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that the wait for the initial payment for Universal Credit claimants will be cut from six to five weeks. MPs, unions and charities have been warning…
Older people are being caught in an unemployment trap, more likely to be out of work and struggling to find another job if they are laid off or leave, according to a new study. Almost a third of people aged 50 to 64 are not in work, many recorded as…
Welfare assessors could be given access to claimants' medical records in a bid improve the service, the Work and Pensions Secretary has told MPs. David Gauke also said that meetings between claimants and assessors may be "recorded and audited" to ensure the advice provided was of "suitable quality". Tory MP…
Benefit cuts are pushing an extra 400,000 children into absolute poverty, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said. The biggest rises are hitting Wales, the North East, East Midlands, and Northern Ireland, with child poverty levels predicted to increase by 4% nationally between 2015/16 to 2021/22, the report states.…
Low pay and a lack of affordable childcare are holding back parents who want to work, a study has found. Research by the Child Poverty Action Group showed that one in five unemployed parents wanted to work but found the cost of childcare prohibitively expensive. Almost as many could not…
New job-seeking requirements placed on parents of young children under Universal Credit risk pushing single-parent families into poverty, a report warns. A study by campaign group Gingerbread suggested that 165,000 single parents of pre-school aged children are at increased risk of going into poverty and debt because of new conditions…
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…
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…
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