Universal credit

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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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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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Would a wage/price spiral cause inflation to run out of control?
Treasury officials’ fear that rising pay in pursuit of rising prices will create a vicious circle may be unjustified

Phillip Inman

20, Jun, 2022 @5:24 PM

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Nearly one in three children in north-east England on free school meals
Figures shows 10% rise in FSM across England and school leaders say real child poverty level is even higher

Richard Adams Education editor

09, Jun, 2022 @3:43 PM

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The decade that broke Britain: the disastrous decisions that left millions in a cost of living crisis
The government is keen to blame growing levels of poverty on Covid and the Ukraine war. But policies from the benefits cap to the bedroom tax have left households on the brink amid the cost of living crisis. Here are 10 of the worst

John Harris

01, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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All families on universal credit should get free school meals, says ex-children’s tsar
Anne Longfield says poverty hasn’t been tackled well enough, as teaching unions in England urge chancellor to expand free meals

Tobi Thomas

31, May, 2022 @7:46 AM

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What are the cost of living payments – and how much can you get?
Sunak has announced new measures to combat rising household bills. Here’s what you can expect

Hilary Osborne

26, May, 2022 @2:30 PM

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We can’t all work ourselves out of the cost of living crisis | Letters
Letters: An immediate increase in benefits could surely be brought into play, writes Jill Westby. Plus letters from Lisa J Rafferty and Carolyn Sutton on their struggles with rocketing household bills

Letters

24, May, 2022 @4:41 PM

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Partygate: pictures emerge showing Boris Johnson drinking at No 10 leaving do during lockdown – as it happened
Latest updates: ITV obtains photographs of Boris Johnson drinking at a Downing Street event that appears to be a party

Nicola Slawson (now) and Andrew Sparrow (earlier)

23, May, 2022 @10:48 PM

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Iain Duncan Smith calls for benefits to rise in line with inflation
Tory MP says immediate increase in universal credit would provide ‘shield’ against cost of living crisis

Jane Clinton

21, May, 2022 @2:31 PM

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Rishi Sunak faces Tory clamour to act now on cost of living crisis
Conservative MPs to urge chancellor to tackle inflation with VAT cuts, energy bill support and improved benefits

Rowena Mason, Heather Stewart and Alex Lawson

17, May, 2022 @8:41 PM

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Poor families skipping meals and unable to afford heating, charity says
Action for Children says levels of severe and persistent hardship in cost of living crisis are among worst it has seen

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

16, May, 2022 @11:01 PM

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