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Virgin handed £2bn worth of NHS England contracts

Brexit 'power grab' poses a 'major threat' to the National Health Service, warns SNP.

Benefit cap inquiry re-launched by MPs

Work and Pensions Committee to re-launch benefit cap inquiry after it was stalled due the last general election.

Wealthiest Brits handed nearly half of pension tax relief, shocking research reveals

Nearly half of Government spending on pension tax relief is handed out to the richest 10% of eligible savers.

Housing experts blast ‘fundamentally unfair’ Tory benefit cap policy

DWP figures show the majority of those affected by the benefit cap are single parent households.

McVey challenged to ‘come face to face’ with foodbank users

SNP challenges Work and Pensions Secretary over links between Universal Credit and rising foodbank use.

Universal Credit plans pose a ‘significant risk’ to disabled people, warn charities

Concerns over Government plans to move existing disabled claimants onto Universal Credit.

Stay at home parents could miss out on state pension thanks to benefit cuts

Child Benefit changes mean some stay at home parents risk missing out on part of their State Pension, MPs warn.

Universal Credit ‘wrecking lives’ and ‘plunging tens of thousands into debt’

Around 70,000 people have taken out emergency loans whilst waiting for a Universal Credit payment, an FOI request reveals.

Thousands still owed millions a year after employment tribunal fees victory

Supreme Court win led to the scrapping of employment tribunal fees.

Poorest Brits see their incomes squeezed as fears grow over rising child poverty

Experts fear child poverty rates will continue to rise as low-income households are hit by over £14bn in benefit cuts.

Bereaved universal credit families face over-payment debt threat

If a Universal Credit claimant dies, regardless of when, they are classed as having died from the start of their four week assessment period.

UK faces UN probe over ‘extreme’ poverty and human rights

UN to investigate interconnections between poverty and the realisation of human rights in the UK.

Universal Credit claimants baffled by over-complicated application process, says charity

More than a third of people helped by Citizens Advice struggle to provide the evidence needed.

DWP ‘willfully’ blocking MSPs from helping benefit claimants, says SNP MP

SNP MP Linda Fabiani accused the UK Government of treating Scottish members of Parliament with "contempt".

DWP ‘adding to suffering’ of terminally ill benefit claimants

'Cruel' UK government rejects cross-party request to amend benefits legislation to better support terminally ill claimants.

Thousands owed £340m in underpaid benefits after ‘major’ DWP error

MPs criticise a "culture of indifference" at the Department for Work and Pensions.

MPs question misleading benefit sanctions statistics

DWP accused of hiding the true number of benefit sanctions behind misleading official statistics.

Nearly 8 million unpaid carers are ‘propping up’ the broken care system

Report calls for better support for the UK's growing army of unpaid family carers.

Preventable harm and the Work Capability Assessment

An in-depth analysis of the controversial Work Capability Assessment and how it's used to limit access to social security benefits.

Welfare Weekly – Week Ending 15 July 2018

Catch up with the latest news.

Scotland ‘tackling poverty with one hand tied behind our backs’

Tory welfare cuts since 2010 dwarf entire Scottish social security budget, says SNP.

Nearly 3 in 4 universal credit households in rent arrears, report warns

Government urged to slow down the roll-out of Universal Credit and fix outstanding problems.

New Tory housing minister says rough sleepers are ‘too comfortable’ on the streets

Kit Malthouse once argued that it was "absolutely right" to make life "uncomfortable" for homeless people.

MPs to debate ‘sanctioning’ Esther McVey over Universal Credit ‘lies’

Work and Pensions Secretary was slammed by the NAO for misrepresenting their report into Universal Credit.

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