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Poorest 30% of UK households 'worse off by £50 to £150' last year

Poorest 30% of UK households 'worse off by £50 to £150' last year

Thinktank says since 2010 child poverty has risen twice as fast as official figures showBritain’s poorest 30% of households saw an end to their post financial crash recovery last year as inflation and
Poorest 30% of UK households 'worse off by £50 to £150' last year

Poorest 30% of UK households 'worse off by £50 to £150' last year

Thinktank says since 2010 child poverty has risen twice as fast as official figures showBritain’s poorest 30% of households saw an end to their post financial crash recovery last year as inflation and
Damaging rigidity of universal credit | Letters

Damaging rigidity of universal credit | Letters

The ‘whole month approach’ to changes of circumstances will create problems for universal credit recipients, says Fran Bennett; Sarah Sheils says parliament’s failure to tackle child food poverty has
'No-frills' lifestyle out of reach of parents on minimum wage – study

'No-frills' lifestyle out of reach of parents on minimum wage – study

Report shows £49 weekly shortfall for couple working full-time with two childrenCouples raising two children while working full-time on the minimum wage are falling £49 a week short of being able to
How can my disabled son get cover for joint mortgage payments?

How can my disabled son get cover for joint mortgage payments?

He is on universal credit and I’m worried that if his girlfriend is unable to work he will be liable Q My son and his girlfriend are buying a house together. He is disabled and on universal credit and
Justin Welby suggests universal credit rollout should be halted

Justin Welby suggests universal credit rollout should be halted

Archbishop of Canterbury says introduction of benefit has fuelled food bank use and debtThe archbishop of Canterbury has suggested the rollout of universal credit should be halted because it has left
Nightmare on Downing Street – cartoon

Nightmare on Downing Street – cartoon

Behind Theresa May’s assertion that austerity is over lurk the horrors of universal credit, Brexit and the DUP Continue reading...
Nightmare on Downing Street – cartoon

Nightmare on Downing Street – cartoon

Behind Theresa May’s assertion that austerity is over lurk the horrors of universal credit, Brexit and the DUP Continue reading...
Three-quarters of UK workers 'do not receive same pay each month'

Three-quarters of UK workers 'do not receive same pay each month'

Resolution Foundation analysis finds pay volatility most acute among lowest earnersThree-quarters of workers do not receive the same pay from one month to the next, according to a report that says
May tells MPs UK and EU aren't 'far apart' as she insists UK must be able to terminate Irish backstop - as it happened

May tells MPs UK and EU aren't 'far apart' as she insists UK must be able to terminate Irish backstop - as it happened

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happenWhat is the Brexit backstop? No 10 lobby briefing - Summary Lunchtime summaryMay’s opening Commons statement - SummaryMPs question
The Tories will regret ignoring the pain inflicted by universal credit | Dawn Foster

The Tories will regret ignoring the pain inflicted by universal credit | Dawn Foster

Millions will be hurt by the new benefits system – and they will make the government pay at the ballot boxMaking up excuses on the hoof is difficult. No one truly believes the friend who replies with
Universal credit stops parents returning to work, MPs told

Universal credit stops parents returning to work, MPs told

Group of mothers tell Commons committee that system is unwieldyHaving to pay upfront monthly childcare costs of hundreds of pounds while dealing with slow and unfathomable universal credit bureaucracy
The Guardian view on the 2018 budget: austerity is not over | Editorial

The Guardian view on the 2018 budget: austerity is not over | Editorial

Austerity has been a self-defeating policy. It is not enough to abandon it in rhetoric, it must be dispensed with in substanceIt was Hyman Minsky, one of the 20th century’s most formidable economic
Is austerity in the UK really over after 2018's budget?

Is austerity in the UK really over after 2018's budget?

Despite promises to the public, the chancellor has eased, not ended, harsh fiscal measuresPhilip Hammond knew what he had to do. With Theresa May sitting behind him, the chancellor’s job was to put
Hammond delivers budget of tax cuts and spending to shore up May

Hammond delivers budget of tax cuts and spending to shore up May

Chancellor declares austerity is coming to an end with budget making little reference to risks of a no-deal BrexitPhilip Hammond declared “austerity is coming to an end,” on Monday, as he sought to
Key points from UN envoy's report on poverty in Britain

Key points from UN envoy's report on poverty in Britain

Summary of Philip Alston’s report which says austerity has inflicted misery on UK citizens The UK government is in a state of denial about the impact of austerity policies on the poor, UN rapporteur
Angered by the damage that austerity does to the poor | Letters

Angered by the damage that austerity does to the poor | Letters

Readers respond after the UN poverty envoy said austerity has inflicted ‘great misery’ on UK citizensThe UN envoy’s visit and report concluding that “Austerity has inflicted misery on people” (Report,
The Guardian view on women’s rights: do not take progress for granted | Editorial

The Guardian view on women’s rights: do not take progress for granted | Editorial

Austerity, as the UN’s poverty expert noted, is especially harmful to women. The economic shock from Brexit is likely to widen the inequality gapWhen Theresa May became prime minister and set out her
Jeremy Corbyn tells Commons he did not call May a 'stupid woman' - Politics live

Jeremy Corbyn tells Commons he did not call May a 'stupid woman' - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Sajid Javid publishing the immigration white paperJeremy Corbyn accused of calling Theresa May a ‘stupid woman’ May’s
Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP

Four single mothers win high court benefits battle against DWP

Women succeed in action over ‘fundamental problem’ with universal creditFour working single mothers have won a high court challenge over the government’s controversial universal credit welfare scheme.
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