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Courts to rule on benefits cuts
The Court of Appeal will rule today on the legality of Government cutbacks in the benefits system.
London Evening Standard - Posted 21/02/2014

Sixty Icon Government accused of suppressing the damning report that suggests its flagship welfare reforms are forcing ever more people to resort to food banks
The author of a Government-commissioned report into food banks has told the Independent that welfare reforms since she conducted the research are forcing many more people to resort to emergency food handouts.
The Independent - Posted 21/02/2014

Benefits claimants face charges to challenge decisions over payments
Critics have condemned leaked Department for Work and Pensions proposals to charge people for appealing against decisions to stop their benefits saying it would penalise the poorest communities.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 21/02/2014

Sixty Icon Don't be afraid
Private landlords have expressed concern over the introduction of universal credit but, argues Lord David Freud, the changes should actually make their lives easier.
Inside Housing - Posted 21/02/2014

Sixty Icon People stripped of benefits could be charged for challenging decision
Critics argue that proposal in leaked document from Department for Work and Pensions would hit poorest people in the country.
The Guardian - Posted 21/02/2014

Sixty Icon Consider VAT cut to help flood victims, Vince Cable tells George Osborne
George Osborne is facing calls from Vince Cable to bring in a temporary cut in VAT for homeowners trying to repair damage from flooding.
The Telegraph (register) - Posted 20/02/2014

Chancellor's economy speech in Hong Kong
Chancellor's speech to the British Chambers of Commerce in Hong Kong.
GOV.UK - Posted 20/02/2014

Flood victims to be exempt from council tax
People whose homes have flooded will not have to pay council tax, David Cameron has confirmed.
LocalGov - Posted 20/02/2014

Sixty Icon Councils slam fee-charging proposals
Councils have slammed plans for the Housing Ombudsman to start charging them for its services.
Inside Housing - Posted 20/02/2014

New hopes for exempt accommodation
The government has revived hopes that vulnerable people will be protected from welfare reforms, just weeks after officials had suggested this would not be possible.
Inside Housing - Posted 20/02/2014

Osborne snubs City as he calls for balanced growth
Chancellor George Osborne will today issue a stark message about the future of the UK economy, warning that it can no longer rely on the City to generate financial stability.
City A.M. - Posted 20/02/2014

Sixty Icon 27 bishops slam David Cameron's welfare reforms as creating a national crisis in unprecedented attack
Biggest political move by Church of England in a generation as bishops attack the prime minister's welfare reforms.
Mirror co uk - Posted 20/02/2014

David Cameron criticised over welfare reforms by 26 Church of England bishops who say 'national crisis' is causing poverty and malnutrition
David Cameron came under renewed attack from religious leaders last night as 26 Church of England bishops condemned benefits cuts.
Mail Online - Posted 20/02/2014

UK weather: Let flood victims off from paying council tax, says Labour
Labour today demanded thousands of flood victims be let off council tax while their homes are repaired.
London Evening Standard - Posted 20/02/2014

David Cameron makes council tax rebate pledge to flood victims
David Cameron today announced flood victims could get a council tax rebate to help them cope with the cost of repairing damaged homes.
London Evening Standard - Posted 20/02/2014

Britain's economy 'not yet secure'
Chancellor George Osborne said next month's Budget will continue to confront Britain's problems as he cautioned the recovery was "not yet secure" despite a recent surge in growth.
London Evening Standard - Posted 20/02/2014

Sixty Icon We'll pay council tax for homeless flood victims, pledges PM: Treasury puts £4m aside to pay rebate while repair work is carried out
Flood victims will be exempt from paying council tax while their homes are uninhabitable, David Cameron announced yesterday.
Mail Online - Posted 20/02/2014

'Welfare changes are morally right': Cameron hits back at UK's leading Catholic over claim that cuts leave families 'destitute'
Benefit reforms are ‘morally right’ David Cameron declared last night as he dismissed the complaints of Britain’s leading Catholic about welfare cuts as ‘deeply’ wrong.
Mail Online - Posted 20/02/2014

Sixty Icon Universal Credit: Government's welfare reform 'may be scrapped after next election'
The future of the Government’s major £2bn welfare reform was thrown into fresh doubt on Wednesday night after it emerged that just a handful of claimants have been enrolled into the new system.
The Independent - Posted 20/02/2014

George Osborne to issue warning over 'unbalanced' economy
Chancellor will warn in speech that economic recovery is not secured because UK still too reliant on consumers and City.
The Guardian - Posted 20/02/2014

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