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Man with mental health problems forced to sleep on Parent’s sofa after London council offers inadequate support

Hounslow Council ended his supported accommodation tenancy and forced him to live with his parents.

DWP admit media reports forced them to review benefit sanction case

Disabled man's benefits stopped after he missed a Jobcentre meeting because of crippling seizures.

Foodbanks have become the last line of defence against poverty and hunger

In the seventh richest country, we should all be deeply ashamed that people still cannot afford to feed their families.

Most Brits support the radical idea of a ‘Universal Basic Income’, poll shows

40% of the public would welcome Basic Income experiments in their local area while just 15% would oppose them

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.

Foodbanks plead for donations as thousands of children go hungry thanks to benefit cuts

Trussell Trust reports a surge in demand for emergency food as parents struggle to feed children during the Summer break.

Young adults with disabilities let down by council school transport policies

Councils should ensure their education transport policies properly support young adults with disabilities, says Ombudsman.

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.

More than a million people still haven’t renewed their tax credits

Failure to renew your tax credits by the deadline will result in payments being stopped or altered.

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.

New research shows work is no protection against poverty and homelessness

Most homelessness families in temporary accommodation include at least one adult in work.

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 ‘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.

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