Welfare

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Scottish child payment to double to £20 from April, says Sturgeon
First minister calls policy ‘the most ambitious anti-poverty measure anywhere in the UK’

Severin Carrell Scotland editor

29, Nov, 2021 @4:10 PM

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One in 10 UK families will struggle to cover basics this winter, charity finds
Citizens Advice calls for government action to help the 3m households hit by a cost of living crunch

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

25, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Ministers ‘lost control of universal credit fraud in Covid crisis’
MPs say £8.3bn overpaid in 2020-21 due to fraud and errors, nearly double previous year’s total

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

17, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Universal credit claimants were sent unlawful demands to repay, says charity
People who claimed during suspension of face-to-face checks told to return thousands of pounds, says CPAG

Patrick Butler

13, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Poor sick pay is bad for ill workers and society at large | Torsten Bell
Everyone suffers when those who come into contact with others go into work when they are unwell

Torsten Bell

07, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Before my sister died, I promised her I’d hold Britain’s benefits system to account | Imogen Day
When mistakes by the DWP and Capita led to my sister’s death, my family brought a legal claim to prevent similar tragedies

Imogen Day

04, Nov, 2021 @2:30 PM

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Capita pays compensation to family of woman who died after benefits cut
Exclusive: DWP contractor settles negligence claim by family of Philippa Day, who died of overdose

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

03, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Millions will not benefit from Sunak’s ‘tax cut for low paid’, say activists
Campaigners say plan provides no extra support for people who are unemployed or unable to work

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

27, Oct, 2021 @4:21 PM

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Tory peers to make last-ditch effort to reverse universal credit cut
Philippa Stroud will table amendment to highlight scale of concern in party about ending £20 a week uplift

Heather Stewart Political editor

22, Oct, 2021 @3:37 PM

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Youth homelessness has risen 40% in five years, says UK charity
Centrepoint estimates 121,000 homeless or at risk, with analysis showing black people disproportionally affected

Aamna Mohdin and Tobi Thomas

18, Oct, 2021 @10:37 AM

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Keir Starmer: universal credit cut is an attack on the poorest
Labour leader says Boris Johnson’s decision to remove £20 uplift comes at ‘worst possible time’

Ben Quinn

08, Oct, 2021 @8:17 AM

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EU citizens face losing benefits if they fail to update DWP profile
People unaware they need to input code on universal credit website could drop off system, charities warn

Lisa O'Carroll Brexit correspondent

05, Oct, 2021 @6:21 PM

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