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DWP faces judicial review after mentally ill man found ‘starved to death’

Errol Graham starved to death in June 2018 after the DWP stopped his benefits.

Over one million on Universal Credit have money deducted to repay debts

Government urged to make Universal Credit advance payments non-repayable.

Covid pandemic could lead to tens of thousands more liver disease cases in 2021

The British Liver Trust is calling for every person in the UK to consider their liver health.

Foodbank use in Scotland triples in seven years

The number of food parcels handed out by Trussell Trust has tripled in just seven years.

Tories must scrap ‘debt-inducing’ five week Universal Credit wait in New Year

Scrapping the five week wait and advance payment loans under Universal Credit must be a priority in 2021, say SNP.

Family of woman who took own life after DWP stopped benefits seek second inquest into her death

DWP under scrutiny over its role in the events that led to Jodey Whiting's death.

Scrap benefit sanctions for Christmas and for good, say SNP

SNP say the "punitive" benefit sanctions regime is "punishing the poor" and should be scrapped.

Jacob Rees-Mogg under fire after accusing Unicef of ‘playing politics’ by offering to feed hungry UK children

Tory grandeur described the announcement as “a political stunt of the lowest order”.

Disabled woman in court win over ‘discriminatory’ council care charges

Norfolk County Council’s decision to increase a severely disabled woman's care charges was discriminatory, judge rules.

1 in 5 UK children may not get a Christmas present this year

"Our government has a duty to provide an inclusive economy for all, which includes reforming and fixing our social security system."

Rough sleeping crisis ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ of poverty and destitution, warn Labour

Boris Johnson urged to tackle a looming crisis in rough sleeping this Christmas.

Our social security system is broken and foodbanks are increasingly expected to pick up the pieces

"A charitable food aid system is being further embedded with every week that passes", says charity.

Tories pinch £500 ‘thank you’ benefit payment from NHS workers

DWP "must U-turn on its plans to cut benefits for NHS and social care workers."

Majority say £20 Universal Credit boost should be permanent as half a million UK children languish in extreme poverty

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has so far refused to commit to extending the £20 a week uplift beyond April.

Number of Scottish families hit by the Tory benefits cap soars by 188%

Number of Scottish households hit the benefits cap has risen to more than 5,000.

Two-child benefit limit a ‘significant factor’ in women’s decisions to abort pregnancy

Women forced to choose between motherhood and financial security.

Coalition of over 60 organisations and Bishops warn against ending the £20 Universal Credit uplift

Open Letter: £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit should be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits.

Nearly half of foodbank users have money deducted from their benefits

Struggling families hit by benefit deductions to repay Government loans.

Tory failure as nearly 700,000 are plunged into poverty despite Covid income protections

UK Government urged to come forward with "a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy".

Benefit Payment Dates Over Christmas And New Year 2020-21

Find out if your benefit payments will be made early over Christmas and New Year.

SNP Conference: £100 Million ‘winter fund’ to help low-income households

Pledge includes a £100 payment for families of children in receipt of free school meals.

SNP Conference: Free year-round breakfasts and lunches for all primary school students

SNP unveil plan to provide free breakfasts and lunches for all primary school kids in Scotland.

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