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Sixty Icon Councils spending £3m on food poverty and food banks
Almost £3m of public money is being used to help tackle food poverty, BBC Panorama has discovered.
BBC - Posted 03/03/2014

Minister apologises after woman in coma was told to find work
Sheila Holt was contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions who invited her to attend 'intensive job-focused activity'.
The Guardian - Posted 02/03/2014

Help-to-buy scheme gathers pace
The government's help-to-buy "equity loan" scheme picked up towards the end of last year.
BBC - Posted 02/03/2014

Council tax frozen in South Somerset
South Somerset District Council has frozen its share of the council tax bill for local residents.
BBC - Posted 02/03/2014

Sixty Icon Bedroom tax refund delay woe for householders
Council chiefs in the North-East say they are struggling to find hundreds of people unlawfully charged the ‘bedroom tax’ after a Government blunder.
The Northern Echo - Posted 02/03/2014

Sixty Icon Household benefit cap and Universal Credit housing costs
DWP proposals relating to the new definition of exempt accommodation.
National Housing Federation - Posted 02/03/2014

Sixty Icon Bedroom tax 'helping to end child poverty'
The bedroom tax is helping to reduce child deprivation, ministers have claimed.
Inside Housing - Posted 02/03/2014

Child poverty strategy condemned
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's failure to reach agreement with Chancellor George Osborne over his plan to rewrite the official definition of policy was "beyond Whitehall farce", said Mr Milburn, who urged ministers to go back to the drawing board.
London Evening Standard - Posted 28/02/2014

York council tax to rise 1.9pc as budget decided
York's council tax bills are to rise by 1.9 per cent after budget plans by city leaders - including £23 million of cuts and savings - were voted through last night.
The Press - Posted 28/02/2014

Protests as £83m cuts at Nottinghamshire County Council formally approved
The ruling Labour group on Nottinghamshire County Council was accused of acting "like headless chickens" in a heated debate that ended with approval of £83m, leading to 750 job losses.
Nottingham Post - Posted 28/02/2014

Flooding insurance scheme will cover expensive houses after Cameron steps in
A cap that limits the cost of home insurance in areas at high risk of flooding will be extended to include houses in the highest council tax band after the Prime Minister ordered the policy be reviewed.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 28/02/2014

Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne clash over child poverty
Allies of Iain Duncan Smith claim that George Osborne's decision to block the Work and Pensions Secretary's bid to redefine child poverty was motivated by "personalities" rather than policy.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 28/02/2014

Disability rights 'disgrace': Terminally ill facing distress and financial difficulty for weeks because of delays in benefits contract
The spending watchdog has found that disabled people are facing “distress and financial difficulties” because of the mismanagement of a new Government benefit scheme.
The Independent - Posted 28/02/2014

New child poverty strategy revealed by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith revealed the Government's new draft child poverty strategy on Thursday.
The Independent - Posted 28/02/2014

Sixty Icon Government must do more to protect households at risk of further floods, say Tory MPs whose constituencies are worst hit
Conservative MPs representing flood-hit constituencies are pressuring Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to do more to protect households against flooding and to take climate change more seriously, The Independent has learnt.
The Independent - Posted 28/02/2014

Exclusive: Lib Dems must oppose bedroom tax, says party president Tim Farron
Mr Farron says the policy is ‘wrong and unecessary’.
The Independent - Posted 28/02/2014

Child poverty abolition plan stranded as George Osborne blocks new targets
Iain Duncan Smith's personal project sought to introduce new set of targets focused on the root causes of poverty.
The Guardian - Posted 28/02/2014

The Conservatives: poverty of argument
The Tories have lost any right to be heard as a disinterested voice within the debate on the right way to measure poverty.
The Guardian - Posted 28/02/2014

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt pledges faster diagnosis for dementia
Hunt says people who see doctor with concerns about memory and thought processes will be diagnosed within six weeks.
The Guardian - Posted 28/02/2014

Kris Hopkins visits extra care development in Milton Keynes
Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has visited a development in Milton Keynes which is transforming the lives of older people.
Housing - Posted 28/02/2014

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