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post 16 April 2014
Read more from Paul Mason on his blog Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed

Benefit delays or benefit sanctions are the major factor driving people to use food banks says the charity that runs hundreds of them across the country.

article 01 April 2014 UK
It is 12 months since the government introduced its spare room subsidy, dubbed the
by 'Bedroom tax' - one year on, is it working?

It is 12 months since the government removed its spare room subsidy, dubbed the "bedroom tax" by critics. It is designed to save money and free up under-occupied homes, so what effect has it had?

post 27 March 2014
Read more from Victoria Macdonald on her blog Poor reviews: social care website highlights problems

Too many elderly people are being let down by the agencies meant to be helping them with basic care say their friends and relatives.

post 27 March 2014
Read more from Jackie Long on her blog Now Atos is judged unfit for fit-to-work tests, what next?

Atos is to pull out of a contract to carry out fit-to-work tests early, and will pay a financial settlement as a result. But the company clearly feels it is not the only guilty party.

article 19 March 2014 Business
Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his fifth budget on Wednesday. It is bound to include measures that could not have been predicted, but here is what we can expect (Reuters)
Budget 2014: what to expect from George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his fifth budget on Wednesday. It is bound to include measures that could not have been predicted, but here is what we can expect.

post 12 March 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog Work programme needs more work

It's not written in the most strident language, but a report the government has been sitting on contains confirmation that one of the DWP's pet projects is failing in one of its central tasks.

article 07 March 2014 UK
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Ciaran Jenkins by Mystery of missing 400,000 housing benefit payments

Hundreds of thousands of pounds in housing benefit payments have "disappeared" after being paid to one of Britain's biggest property agents, Channel 4 News can reveal.

article 20 February 2014 UK
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by The truth about food banks: dependency or welfare crisis?

Food banks are "consistently" seeing an increase in demand, a Defra-commissioned report concludes - but what are they and are benefits cuts to blame for their proliferation?

article 19 February 2014 UK
Silhouette of a man in a wheelchair being pushed along by the sea (Getty)
Benefits reforms: a 'deeply immoral' smokescreen?

As the prime minister insists that he has a strong moral case for welfare reform, campaigners warn that, in an already unequal society, the changes are falling unfairly on the poorest.