Benefits

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I was too ill to work – the Tory benefit cap left me and my children with £50 a week to survive | James
I’m just about getting by, but have no security – it won’t take much to put me back in the food bank queue, says James

James

29, Jun, 2022 @11:28 AM

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From Thatcher to Johnson: how right to buy has fuelled a 40-year housing crisis
Ever since the 80s Tory leaders have dreamed of creating a ‘property-owning democracy’. But selling off social housing has left millions of Britons in grotty privately rented accommodation

Lynsey Hanley

29, Jun, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Essential services websites in UK ‘should be accessible to all’
Exclusive: group of charities say that protections are needed to stop people being excluded online

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

26, Jun, 2022 @3:35 PM

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Why does the UK still have such a shameful attitude to poverty and benefits? | Polly Toynbee
Study after study explodes the myth of the benefit ‘scrounger’. Sympathy is growing – but apparently not among Tories, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

26, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Where is Labour’s plan to tackle poverty? | Letter
Letter: Prof Mike Stein agrees with Gordon Brown that this government has plunged many into extreme poverty – but says Labour should spell out what it would do to reverse this

Letters

22, Jun, 2022 @5:23 PM

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Former Tory minister calls 10% rise in state pension ‘ludicrous’
Jim O’Neill scathing about decision to help pensioners while forcing real-terms pay cuts on public sector workers

Rowena Mason and Richard Partington

22, Jun, 2022 @5:18 PM

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The hidden victims of the cost of living crisis | Letter
Letter: The government’s ‘no recourse to public funds’ policy is pushing those living legally in Britain into destitution and homelessness, writes Bethan Lant

Letters

20, Jun, 2022 @3:38 PM

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From Cathy Come Home to Shameless: how UK TV explains the cost of living crisis
Whether it’s provocative plays and astute sitcoms, or property porn and undercover docs, the small screen has never shied away from showing life at the sharp end – even if it doesn’t always get it right

Stuart Jeffries

17, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Dad had no idea what was going on at his DWP assessment. Still, he was declared ‘fit to work’ and our benefits stopped | Siobhan
I’m a carer for my dad. It took a year to appeal the decision – so we ended up at the food bank, says Siobhan

Siobhan

16, Jun, 2022 @11:00 AM

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‘Starve and shiver with Sunak’ is the reality for millions. The chancellor can – and must – stop it | Gordon Brown
Join me in asking the government for a fourth budget, says former UK prime minister Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

15, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Digitisation of food vouchers for UK families left them hungry and desperate
Analysis: in a botched upgrade the fruit and veg Healthy Start scheme turned away numerous eligible low-income families

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

12, Jun, 2022 @4:25 PM

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Boris Johnson promises action on cost of living crisis but says higher wages risk further inflation – as it happened
In a wide-ranging speech on housing, the cost of living and Ukraine, the PM warns of danger of ‘wage-price spiral’

Andrew Sparrow

09, Jun, 2022 @3:51 PM

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