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Survey of adult social services chiefs reveals 'unpalatable' cuts for older and vulnerable people are in the offing as care budgets shrink

National Audit Office discovers DWP is obliged to make bonus payments even to badly performing work programme providers

Labour MP John McDonnell has supported the demonstration, saying that government actions have left people 'desperate'

BMA chair Mark Porter accuses ministers of blaming doctors for failed policy and vows to show how public money is wasted

Labour leader sets out reforms based on training incentives as poll finds 78% of voters think welfare system unfair

Study of risk factors in the north east finds rent arrears, food poverty and crime on the rise. Homelessness will come next

Robert Martin, outgoing head of benefits appeal tribunal, says DWP was too optimistic about conducting fit-to-work tests

Increase in usage comes from poor in affluent areas due to rise in food prices while disposable income fell, says charity report

Critics say spikes treat homeless 'like pigeons' as residents fear short ground spikes at doorway are to deter rough sleepers

More people now approach the charity over council tax bills than over difficulties with unsecured loans or credit cards

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