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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 preparationsPhilip Hammond has cut stamp duty for first- time buyers as part of a package of
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
Higher rate UK taxpayers gain most in budget changes

Higher rate UK taxpayers gain most in budget changes

Rise in personal tax allowance benefits higher ratepayers by £340 a year with basic rate band £70 better off and universal credit recipients better by just 50p per week Higher rate taxpayers will be
Labour criticises delays to universal credit changes

Labour criticises delays to universal credit changes

Measures announced in budget will not be introduced until as late as April, leaving some families facing a tough ChristmasOpposition parties and charities have criticised budget measures to improve
Budget decisions that are urgent matters of life and death | Letters

Budget decisions that are urgent matters of life and death | Letters

Professor Wendy Burn on fears that promises of spending on mental health services will be broken; Colin Dyer of WellChild on the failure to prioritise the wellbeing of the young; Rev Paul Nicolson on
Universal credit in new crisis as some claimants are denied mortgages

Universal credit in new crisis as some claimants are denied mortgages

A standoff between banks and the government means that loan applicants could be rejected if they receive the new payment. We speak to a buyer caught in the middleThousands – perhaps even millions – of
Universal credit changes won't help anyone feel more secure about renting | Giles Peaker

Universal credit changes won't help anyone feel more secure about renting | Giles Peaker

Government changes to the controversial benefit are a sticking plaster, rather than an answer to the problems of rent arrears and evictions Pressure has been building for months on the government over
UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty

UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty

Almost 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more pensioners plunged into poverty in past four years, new study findsHundreds of thousands of children and older people have been plunged into poverty in
The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits

The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits

Study finds many people are not claiming support they are entitled to and warns some are put off by the benefits systemAbout 300,000 British people without jobs or on very low wages are not claiming
How government policy is forcing poor people into catastrophic debt | Abi Wilkinson

How government policy is forcing poor people into catastrophic debt | Abi Wilkinson

The benefit cap, zero-hours contracts, and now universal credit have all exacerbated the debt burden on people already struggling to eat and pay rentIt is extraordinarily expensive to be poor. The
Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

Welfare scheme a ‘significant risk’ to public spending, warns Office for Budget ResponsibilityRead more: what is universal credit, and what’s wrong with it?Universal credit is on course to deliver
Universal credit: what is it and what exactly is wrong with it?

Universal credit: what is it and what exactly is wrong with it?

Is the unpopular benefits scheme championed by Iain Duncan Smith too big to fail? Universal credit is the supposed flagship reform of the benefits system, rolling together six so-called “legacy”
Princess Eugenie’s wedding news fails to excite | Brief letters

Princess Eugenie’s wedding news fails to excite | Brief letters

Mark E Smith | Carillon films | Another royal wedding | Geordie accent | Universal credit | Caring investorsOne of my most thrilling moments as a teenager in the late 1970s was the surprise of finding
I volunteer to help vulnerable people the jobcentre lets down | Charlotte Hughes

I volunteer to help vulnerable people the jobcentre lets down | Charlotte Hughes

A broken universal credit system means local volunteers hand out food parcels and give advice to those with nowhere to turn I’ll never forget the day myself and a team of volunteers decided to stand
Jobseekers outside London missing out on half-price train fares

Jobseekers outside London missing out on half-price train fares

Figures show unemployed rail passengers not taking advantage of available discountUnemployed people outside London and the south-east are failing to take advantage of half-price rail travel, figures
Split universal credit payments between partners to curb abuse, ministers urged

Split universal credit payments between partners to curb abuse, ministers urged

Experts tell MPs single household payments make it easier for domestic abusers to seize and regulate family income Universal credit payments should be split between the male and female partner in
Universal credit puts ‘welfare savings’ before human beings' lives | Frances Ryan

Universal credit puts ‘welfare savings’ before human beings' lives | Frances Ryan

The ever-delayed benefit reflects a decade of so-called reforms that are not only causing misery but also wasting a fortuneTheresa May’s pledge of £20bn for the NHS without any evidence of how she’d
'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

'Two-child policy' cuts benefits of more than 70,000 families

Campaigners warn poverty will rise as low-income families lose financial supportMore than 70,000 low-income families lost up to £2,800 each last year after having their entitlement to benefits taken
Calls for McVey to resign over misleading MPs on welfare changes

Calls for McVey to resign over misleading MPs on welfare changes

MPs accuse work and pensions secretary of deception over watchdog report on reformsAmyas Morse’s letter to Esther McVeyEsther McVey is facing calls to resign after issuing an apology for misleading
Everyone’s bound to be caught in Hammond’s tax rise net | Phillip Inman

Everyone’s bound to be caught in Hammond’s tax rise net | Phillip Inman

The chancellor needs to fill lots of holes in public services – and it will take big moneyPhilip Hammond, under pressure to ease austerity, must spend the summer preparing the ground for sweeping tax