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UN slams ‘patently unjust’ UK social security system

United Nations delivers its most damning indictment of Tory benefit cuts to date - a must read.

Inquiry launched into the ‘effectiveness’ of the welfare system

Work and Pensions Committee to look at the effectiveness of the welfare system in protecting vulnerable people from hardship.

Esther McVey quits over Brexit divorce deal – her resignation letter in full

Work and Pensions chief resigns from the Cabinet over Brexit 'deal' that "threatens the integrity of the United Kingdom".

Homeless woman left to ‘sofa surf’ whilst heavily pregnant, says Ombudsman

Council failed in its duty of care to provide support for a heavily pregnant woman who became homeless following a family breakdown.
Jennifer Devonshire. Photo: Arthritis Action.

Charity hails launch of the UK’s first arthritis self-management platform

Arthritis Action unveils new resource to help patients manage condition themselves.

Disabled benefit claimants denied access to justice, says Labour MP

Video: Cuts to legal aid mean disabled people cannot access legal advice when challenging benefit decisions, says Labour MP.

Tories must ‘grow a spine’ over failing Universal Credit scheme

Scottish Tories urged to support calls for the roll-out of Universal Credit in Scotland to be halted over poverty concerns.

UN turns its gaze on the UK over ‘extreme’ poverty and benefit changes

UN Special Rapporteur visits the UK to investigate the Government's efforts on human rights and the impact of austerity.

Private profiteers Capita to continue benefiting from Westminster benefits contract

Capita awarded an extension to a 24-year-old contract to continue running council tax collection and benefit payments in London.

62 year-old woman forced to give up her home after missing a benefits meeting

She says an "unlawful" Universal Credit benefit sanction means she can no longer afford the rent.

‘No DSS’: Housing Benefit claimants subjected to ‘unlawful discrimination’

At least 1 in 10 private rented properties are advertised in a way that could be breach of equality laws, say housing experts.

Tory MSP ‘caught out’ on foodbank falsehood

He falsely claimed that foodbank use in his constituency had fallen, when in reality it has increased because of Universal Credit.

Government should end the ‘immoral’ benefits freeze, say Tory MPs

Benefit payments should better reflect the growing cost of living, admit senior Tory MPs.

Social workers denied parents time with dying baby, says Ombudsman

Council was forced to apologise to the family and pay £2,000 for the distress caused.

Esther McVey under fire from charities over misleading Universal Credit claims

Work and Pensions chief brazenly told MPs that changes to Universal Credit "had received praise from across the charity sector".

Universal Credit blamed for 13% surge in foodbank use

Charity calls for further improvements to the Government's flagship Universal Credit scheme.

MPs warn of the ‘human cost’ of benefit sanctions that don’t even work

"It does not work. Worse, it is harmful and counterproductive", new report says.

Esther McVey forced into further concessions on Universal Credit

Work and Pensions Secretary unveils a new package of support for people being moved to Universal Credit.

DWP admit it has no idea if the new benefit sanctions regime actually works

Department hasn't carried out any 'robust analysis' into the impact or effectiveness of benefit sanctions on Universal Credit claimants.

Universal Credit plans could be voted down in Parliament, says MP

Frank Field warns that unless new plans include adequate protections "MPs will be left with no option but to vote them down".

Mhairi Black: Don’t be fooled by the Chancellor’s ‘end of austerity’ claims

Chancellor hiding behind 'soundbites' while continuing the Tories' brutal austerity agenda, says SNP MP.

Dad died after he was forced to give up a rehab placement to attend a Universal Credit meeting

He turned to alcohol following the tragic death of his 15-month old daughter.

Stop criticising Universal Credit or lose vital funding, homeless charity told

Charity boss claims she's been told to stay silent or risk missing out on crucial funding.

‘Alarming increase’ in the number of people sleeping rough in London

The number of people recorded as sleeping rough in London has increased by a shocking 17% over the last year.

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