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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.

DWP announce Covid tier system for Jobcentres – how will yours be affected?

Jobcentres to remain open but services and requirements on claimants may differ.

Tory cuts will leave millions of families ‘permanently worse off’, says think tank

Fifteen-year income squeeze could leave families £1,200 a year worse off by 2025.

Government ‘neglect’ pushing unpaid carers into poverty, exhaustion and total despair

'Exhausted' unpaid family carers demand better support from the social care system.

Tories reject petition signed by 120,000 people demanding fairer disability benefits

Petition calls for the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit to be extended to legacy benefits.

DWP must allow disabled students to claim Universal Credit, court rules

Disabled student wins right to be considered for Universal Credit.

Poor hit by fallout of Covid driven into extreme hardship – but the rich get richer

Fears grow around the widening of social inequalities in the wake of the Covid pandemic.

DWP apologises after publishing personal details of more than 6,000 disability claimants

DWP data breach is being investigated the Information Commissioner.

Cross-party leaders join forces in call to halt Universal Credit cuts

Cross-party leaders call for the £20 a week up-lift to Universal Credit to be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits.

Call to end Universal Credit wait after huge surge in household debt and foodbank use

Tories urged to scrap the five week wait for Universal Credit and strengthen welfare protections.

Food banks report huge surge in demand for food parcels amid Covid pandemic

Trussell Trust reports that it has already helped more than a million people affected by the Covid pandemic.

Family of disabled woman who took own life after benefits stopped given permission for second inquest

DWP made multiple errors in how it treated Jodey Whiting.

Government must do more to help young people hit by unemployment, say experts

Latest ONS figures show a huge increase in the number of unemployed young people.

Scrap benefit sanctions for the mentally ill, report says

Report finds that benefits conditionality is counter-productive and causes emmense distress for the mentally ill.

Second Tory U-turn on free school meals welcomed by Rashford but over a million kids will still go hungry

Tories forced into yet another humiliating U-turn on free school meals after heroic campaign by Marcus Rashford.

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