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State pension age changes risk widening social inequalities, says thinktank

State Pension reforms risk exacerbating social inequalities, rather than alleviate them.

MPs slam ‘dismissive’ and ‘disrespectful’ DWP over Universal Credit report

Work and Pensions Committee blasts "disrespectful Government responses that treat us like dirt".

MPs pressure Tories over bereavement benefit ‘injustice’ after Supreme Court ruling

MPs launch a follow-up inquiry into a “profound injustice” in bereavement benefits.

Benefit freeze to cut a further £4.4bn from social security payments

SNP call on the Tory government to scrap the “callous” benefit freeze.

Justin Tomlinson appointed new disabilities minister – his voting record

Mr Tomlinson has a poor track history in defending the needs of disabled people in the UK.

Universal Credit two-child limit will push 300,000 more children into poverty

Campaigners also say the policy breaches the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

NHS privatisation one step closer as Tories dish out £35million in new contracts in just six weeks

Accusation comes after Health Secretary claimed "there would be no privatisation of the NHS under my watch".

Tories knew Universal Credit was causing hardship but pressed ahead regardless

Report's damning findings were snuck out by the DWP and HMRC more than a year after it was finished.

Cuts are preventing councils from helping the homeless

Councils warn that vital services are suffering as a result of ongoing austerity.

‘Flippant’ DWP minster forced to apologise over factually incorrect evidence given to MPs

Questions mount over government minister's understanding of the benefits system they administrate.

Child Benefit ‘could be abolished’ and subsumed into Universal Credit’

The real-terms value of Child Benefit value has fallen back its 1999 level.

‘No Disabilities Minister until Brexit deal is sorted’

James Cleverly MP says the vacant post is unlikely to be filled until the ongoing Brexit debacle is sorted.

Thousands call on DWP to stop telling GPs not to give sick notes to benefit claimants

"It is not for the DWP to interfere with the GP and their patient."

Number of UK children in ‘absolute poverty’ up by 200,000 in a year to reach 3.1 million

Poverty campaigners blame benefit cuts and changes for soaring child poverty rates.

DWP has ‘limited evidence’ to show ‘what works’ in helping disabled people into work

NAO criticises the DWP's lack of knowledge in 'what works' when supporting disabled people into work.

Labour pledge to ban the outsourcing of social security contracts

Outsourcing giants like Atos and Capita could be banned from carrying out assessments for sickness and disability benefits.

70% of benefit appeals find in favour of claimants, figures show

'Punitive' Tory welfare system 'simply not working', says SNP.

Disabled people’s incomes have been slashed by up to £5,000 a year since 2010, research shows

Single mothers, ethnic minorities, and disabled people are among the hardest hit by tax and spending changes.

DWP letter to GPs deprives sick and disabled people of lifeline benefits support

GPs advised not to provide sick notes for sick and disabled people found 'fit for work' by the DWP.

Tory energy cancellations risk leaving 20 million homes in the dark, warn Labour

"The Tories risk failing in one of the first duties of any Government – keeping the lights on."

Universal Credit split payments given to only 20 claimants

DWP ignoring the needs of vulnerable claimants at risk of domestic abuse, says SNP.

Only 18% of households hit by the ‘cruel’ benefit cap are able to work

DWP urged to exempt anyone who is unable to work from the controversial cap to working-age benefits.

UN calls on Tories to scrap ‘perverse’ two-child benefit cap and rape clause

Report also warns that Universal Credit risks trapping domestic abuse victims in situations of poverty and violence.

End the benefits freeze to save 200,000 people from poverty, Tories told

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to end the controversial freeze to working-age benefits in his spring statement.

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