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Philip Hammond urged to shelve tax cuts and help poorer families

Philip Hammond urged to shelve tax cuts and help poorer families

Chancellor should use first autumn statement to shield those on low incomes from Brexit impact, says thinktank Philip Hammond should cancel planned tax cuts for businesses and wealthy households in
Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories, says Labour

Employees £3,500 a year worse off under Tories, says Labour

Party says slow wage growth means chancellor should not go ahead with ‘damaging cuts’ to universal creditSluggish wage growth means the average employee is £3,500 a year worse off since the
Austerity effect hits women ‘twice as hard as it does men’

Austerity effect hits women ‘twice as hard as it does men’

Tax and benefit changes since 2010 have increased equality gapWomen will have shouldered 85% of the burden of the government’s changes to the tax and benefits system by 2020, according to figures
The Guardian view on Philip Hammond: he will take far more than he gives | Editorial

The Guardian view on Philip Hammond: he will take far more than he gives | Editorial

The chancellor unveils his choicest jams for the Jams, but they will be dwarfed by his giant cutsOn any other day, the raft of measures announced by Philip Hammond just after midnight would not be a
At a glance: autumn statement – 26 key points

At a glance: autumn statement – 26 key points

Philip Hammond has delivered his first autumn statement as chancellor. These are the key points, with political analysisAutumn statement 2016: live updatesRowena Mason, deputy political editor: The
The Guardian view on homelessness: not just a Christmas crisis | Editorial

The Guardian view on homelessness: not just a Christmas crisis | Editorial

There is an unmistakable link between the squeeze on welfare and the rising number of people homeless or living in temporary accommodationFor a few days over Christmas, a massive effort by charities
As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity | Frances Ryan

As always, poor and vulnerable women bear the brunt of austerity | Frances Ryan

The next chapter of austerity is upon us, and the gender inequality within it is shockingThat “austerity is a feminist issue” is now a well-used idiom does not mean it’s any less true. Look at the
Love the idea of a universal basic income? Be careful what you wish for | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Love the idea of a universal basic income? Be careful what you wish for | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Yes, UBI could be an important part of a radical agenda. But beware: its proponents include neoliberals hostile to the very idea of the welfare stateFor some time now, the radical left has been
10 years after the crash, alternatives are emerging | Letters

10 years after the crash, alternatives are emerging | Letters

David Murray on debunking economic myths; Les Bright on politicians with no answers; Ed Runham on Labour being unfairly blamed; Alan Cleaver on banks having learned nothing; and Frank Field MP on a
Lack of empathy for poor people continues | Letters

Lack of empathy for poor people continues | Letters

The Jarrow march didn’t achieve much, says Judith Martin, while Eddie Dougall says Tory MPs should try living on benefits for a year, and Alison Rooks points out that if they do, they’ll have to
The Guardian view on the productivity puzzle: blame low pay | Editorial

The Guardian view on the productivity puzzle: blame low pay | Editorial

The head scratching over the failure to raise productivity is ignoring the real problem: cheap labour is a disincentive to investmentTheresa May originally wanted her purpose in power to be defined by
The Guardian view on the productivity puzzle: blame low pay | Editorial

The Guardian view on the productivity puzzle: blame low pay | Editorial

The head scratching over the failure to raise productivity is ignoring the real problem: cheap labour is a disincentive to investmentTheresa May originally wanted her purpose in power to be defined by
Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse, says thinktank

Reverse cuts or backing for universal credit may collapse, says thinktank

Urgent £3bn cash injection needed to bolster confidence in failing system after welfare cuts, says Resolution FoundationPublic confidence in universal credit will collapse without an urgent £3bn cash
Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts, study finds

Families thousands of pounds worse off after years of cuts, study finds

Austerity Generation report finds cuts to tax credits and universal credit have damaged their role in rewarding people for workingSeven years of cuts to tax credits and universal credit have hugely
Christmas cancelled by universal credit as benefit cuts hit the most vulnerable | Letters

Christmas cancelled by universal credit as benefit cuts hit the most vulnerable | Letters

Unless urgent changes are made to increase benefits and tax credits, and reform universal credit, the impact on poor families will be devastating, says Mike Stein. Meanwhile, David Higdon is shocked
Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents The government is preparing to confirm that it will cut the six-week waiting time
Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit, says Iain Duncan Smith's thinktank

Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit, says Iain Duncan Smith's thinktank

Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits insteadIain Duncan Smith’s thinktank is calling on the chancellor to renege on
Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit

Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again – as fears rise more will follow suit A Croydon-based landlady has vowed never again to let her property “to anyone on universal credit” after
What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit | Peter Hetherington

What England needs is more affordable houses, not universal credit | Peter Hetherington

The botched rollout of universal credit has led to £1.3m in council rental arrears in Newcastle, the city where I, Daniel Blake was set. Ministers are making the housing crisis worseAcross the road
Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Hammond boosts housing and NHS spending as growth forecasts are slashed

Autumn budget also includes stamp duty cut, £1.5bn universal credit U-turn and extra £3bn for Brexit preparationsOur writers’ verdict: ‘Help for housing or a kick in the teeth?’Philip Hammond has