This Week's News

‘The Future For Adult Social Care Looks Bleak’ Under Tories, Warns Think Tank

The UK is heading towards the bottom of the OECD league table for spending on adult social care, a leading think tank has warned.

Mentally Ill Man Took His Own Life After Disability Benefits Axed

The case of a 50-year old man who took his own life after his disability benefits were axed has been described by a coroner's inquest as "truly tragic".

‘Excess Winter Mortality’ Soars 151% As Millions Struggle To Stay Warm

ONS figures show a 151% rise in 'excess winter deaths' in England and Wales in 2014/15, which represents the biggest yearly increase since 1999/00.

Obesity Endangers Health Of Women And Babies, Warns UK’s Chief Medical Officer

Sally Davies’ report says children of obese women may develop health problems, and warns pregnancy is not a time to eat for two.

Benefit Sanctions Leaving Vulnerable People Hungry And Homeless

A new report shows that benefit sanctions are hitting vulnerable people hardest, with many forced to sleep rough and go hungry.

Cameron Ready To Give Way Over Ban On In-Work Benefits For EU Migrants

Prime minister signals flexible stance over mooted four-year ban after meeting Polish PM and opposition from other EU states.

Problem Debt Becoming The ‘New Normal’ For Millions Of Families, Charity Warns

Problem debt is quickly becoming the 'new normal' for millions of families across the UK, according to a major new report.

Right To Buy Is Destroying Social Housing – And It’s About To Get Worse

Official figures reveal that less than 12% of homes sold under Right to Buy have been replaced since April 2012.

Public Consultation Launched Into Disability Benefit Payments

The consultation will look at how the use of aids and appliances is accounted for during assessments for Personal Independence Payment.

Inquiry Launched Into Universal Credit ‘In Work Conditionality’

Benefit payments may be stopped if low-income working people on Universal Credit do not increase their pay or hours.

Housing Benefit Bill Soars Nearly 35% In Just Seven Years

People in the 'unemployment' group of housing benefit recipients account for just 10% of claimants in 2013/14, ONS figures show.

British Left Vulnerable To Hunger After Welfare Reforms, Warns Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury claims benefit sanctions and bureaucratic delays in welfare mean government is partly to blame for ‘tragedy’ of hunger.

Care Bodies Demand Crisis Talks With Osborne Over Support Shortfall

Homes will have to close, say four health bodies in letter to ministers asking what has happened to £6bn from care-cap savings.

Government Side-Stepping Its Duty To Children In Poverty, Says Petition

Thousands have signed a petition calling on the government to reverse its decision to scrap child poverty targets.

Benefit Cuts Will Push Disabled People Further Away From Employment, Report Finds

Slashing disability benefits will impoverish disabled people and push them further away from employment, according to a damning new report.

Universal Credit Claimants More Likely To Get Jobs, Government Research Finds

Critics claim work incentives will be undermined by Universal Credit cuts introduced in the summer budget.

Trussell Trust Warns Of Record Levels Of Food Bank Demand This Christmas

The charity says struggling families are facing stark choices between eating and heating over the festive period.

Bedroom Tax Harming Children’s Learning Amid Stress And Hunger, Experts Claim

Parents cutting back on food and clothing due to benefit reforms lead to adverse impacts and material hardship for children, researchers find.

Labour Has ‘Moral Mission’ To Tackle Inequality, Says Tristram Hunt

Senior Labour moderate sets out string of proposals including property wealth tax, universal free childcare and reversal of cuts to inheritance tax.

Using Council Tax To Offset Care Cuts ‘Will Widen Gap Between Rich And Poor’

Disadvantaged areas will be able to raise too little extra revenue to make any difference, says influential thinktank.