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1.6 million households hit by £60 cut to benefits in just one month

DWP urged to scrap universal credit advance "loans" before thousands more are pushed into debt.

Charities see requests for support more than double during Covid-19 pandemic

Grant-giving charities have seen applications for financial and non-financial support increase significantly since lockdown began.

Tories warned of ‘mass unemployment’ as number of people out of work hits two-year high

UK government urged to extend the furlough scheme to protect workers.

Calls for stronger welfare support as food banks warn of surge in demand

Food bank use expected to rise by 61% due to the impact of coronavirus.

Whingeing Lords demand hardship fund despite £162 daily allowance

Documents "expose the total privilege and sheer arrogance of unelected Lords at Westminster".

DWP urged to increase ‘legacy benefits’ to avoid gap in support

Policy shift would see 1.5 million more people benefit from a £20 per week benefits boost.

DWP to hire thousands of new work coaches amid Covid-19 job losses

"Getting Britain back to work as quickly as possible is vital", says DWP minister.

Disabled dad left in ‘mouldy and mouse-infested’ temporary accommodation for three years

Ombudsman investigation found that the council failed in its duty to provide suitable accommodation.

Universal Credit increase must be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits

Reversing the increase risks plunging 700,000 more people into poverty, report says.

Elderly man suffers after council splits him from his wife

Ombudsman says council "made inadequate efforts to help the man see his wife".

DWP splashes £120m fighting disability benefit appeals despite record claimant success rates

UK government urged to fundamentally overhaul the disability benefits system.

Call for £10 a week boost to child benefit as parents struggle to protect children from poverty

Parents relying on child benefit to pay bills and everyday living costs.

New payment for people forced to self-isolate in Covid-19 hotspots

Government told it won't be enough for some people and many more will miss out entirely.

Tories urged to strenghthen welfare protections after 6 million fall behind on bills due to Covid

Hardest hit include carers, key workers, black people, people with disabilities and those who are shielding.

More than half a million UK pensioners missing out on free TV licences

Over 75's urged to claim their Pension Credit entitlement to get a free TV licence.

‘The Forgotten Angels’ – Why we must act now to prevent a collapse of Social Care

One woman speaks out about the desperate need to support a social care system on the brink of collapse.

Nearly 200,000 over 50s ‘forced into retirement’ since the Covid outbreak

Analysis also shows that the number of over 50s claiming universal credit has almost doubled.

Benefit appeal rules ruled ‘unlawful’ at the High Court

DWP has confirmed that they will not appeal the verdict.

DWP forced to give unmarried parents access to bereavement benefits after Supreme Court ruling

Unmarried couples are to be given the right to claim bereavement benefits.

Number of families claiming Universal Credit soars by 400,000

Charity calls for a £20-a-week boost to the child element of Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit.

Government’s ‘deafening silence’ a year on from damning ‘access to welfare’ report branded ‘shameful’

“The ‘six-month rule’ severely restricts access to vital financial support for many terminally ill people."

86% of parents of autistic children felt lack of government support during lockdown

Families of autistic young people need to feel confident in the amount of support available.

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