Universal credit

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DWP deducting on average £80 a month from Scottish families on UC
Exclusive: Report finds struggling families are having on average 10% of monthly income deducted to cover debt

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

28, Nov, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Not every poor person is on benefits, so where’s their lump sum for energy bills? | Torsten Bell
Those earning as little as a £1 too much will miss out on Jeremy Hunt’s £900 to ease the pain after the price cap is lifted

Torsten Bell

20, Nov, 2022 @10:30 AM

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Hunt cracks down on benefit claimants amid chronic shortage of workers
More to be asked to meet a ‘work coach’ but experts point to jump in long-term sickness due to gaps in public services

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

17, Nov, 2022 @5:22 PM

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‘It would mean so much’: parents on the need to expand free school meals
Experts say 800,000 pupils in poverty in England are excluded from free lunches. Parents and a teacher tell us what this means to them

Clea Skopeliti

11, Nov, 2022 @3:32 PM

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Zayn Malik urges Rishi Sunak to give free school meals to all children in poverty
Bradford-born singer who relied on free school lunches urges PM to extend provision to all families on universal credit

Jamie Grierson

08, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Iceland boss urges Sunak to extend free school meals as ‘critical priority’
Food Foundation estimates cost of providing free school meals to families who claim universal credit would cost £500m a year

Rowena Mason Whitehall editor

02, Nov, 2022 @11:54 AM

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Broadband social tariffs can save you up to £200 a year
Few of those eligible for deals aimed at people on benefits use them as they are not well publicised

Laura Whateley

29, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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I was so excited to be offered part-time work – then I tried to find out what universal credit I’d get | Sophie
This benefit is meant to help people like me. The reality has been utterly frustrating, and I still don’t know what I’m due, says Sophie


19, Oct, 2022 @11:00 AM

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The Guardian view on hunger in Britain: cruel and unnecessary | Editorial
Editorial: Food insecurity has been normalised over a decade during which the incomes of the poorest households have been held down


18, Oct, 2022 @6:01 PM

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I could lose the government’s cost of living payment as I’m paid weekly
I’m on universal credit which is calculated on a monthly basis, and I missed out on the first £326

Zoe Wood

18, Oct, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Millions forced to skip meals as UK cost of living crisis deepens
More people – including children – going hungry than during first weeks of Covid lockdown, new data shows

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

18, Oct, 2022 @5:01 AM

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UK food banks at breaking point urge Liz Truss to boost aid to poorest
As cost of living crisis bites, 3,000 volunteers across several organisations sign letter of warning to the prime minister

Michael Savage Policy Editor

16, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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