A new report links the rise in use of food banks to benefit changes

Rise in use of food banks linked to April's benefit changes

A study by the Trussell Trust that runs 374 UK food banks says changes to benefits introduced in April are largely behind a three-fold increase in the use of food banks since April.

Universal Credit, the new benefits system is being introduced

Universal Credit welfare and benefits changes begin

Major changes to the UK's welfare and benefits system are being introduced in a pilot scheme in Greater Manchester where the Universal Credit system is being tested.

Government borrowing fell slightly in 2012-13

Government borrowing down marginally at £120.6bn in 2012-13

Public sector borrowing in 2012-13 was £120.6 billion, just £300 million less than in 2011-12 as the weak economy lowered tax receipts and raised welfare payments.

Protests over the bedroom tax have taken place across the UK

Housing Federation: 'Bedroom tax' will push up benefits bill

Protests over the 'bedroom tax' have taken place across the UK as critics warn that the cuts will disproportionately affect the poor, unemployed and disabled.

Benefit changes will raise the number of children in poverty

Govt admits benefit changes will push 200,000 children into poverty

A government minister has admitted today in the House of Commons that the benefit changes will push 200,000 children into poverty.

HMRC is warning it is time to make your mind up for high earners and child benefit

IFS warns 820,000 families will lose £1,300 in child benefit

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has warned that 820,000 families will lose £1,300 a year in child benefit with another 300,000 set to lose some of the benefit.

IDS says welfare payment increases since 2008 have been almost double that of private sector salaries

IDS: Benefit reforms ensure "it always pays to be in work"

Iain Duncan Smith wants to break the link between benefit increases and inflation and says the Universal Credit is being introduced to ensure "it always pays to be in work."

The IFS warns that pensioners could face cuts to benefits

Pensioners could be targeted in Osborne's next round of cuts

Despite the austerity measures of the past few years, more will be needed to balance the government's books and the IFS thinks it will be pensioners who face big cuts next.

Welfare spending control 'must be maintained'

Budget 2012: Four more years of austerity

With most of the public sector cuts yet to kick in, the Office for Budget Responsibility is predicting hard work ahead for the Chancellor to meet his targets.

A report is expected to recommend that a new body authorises sick leave

Employee sick leave decision to be taken away from doctors

A government commissioned report to be released next week is expected to recommend that the decision to sign off employees on sick leave is taken by a new body.

The Universal Credit is a new system of benefits likely to be implemented in 2013

Universal credit: How does the proposed new welfare system work?

The government is implementing a new universal credit welfare system to try and simplify the process, cut costs and reward work but what does it mean, how will it work and how will it affect you?

David Cameron has announced a radical welfare reform bill

Radical welfare reforms announced by David Cameron

The Prime Minister has announced the governments welfare reform bill which will introduce the universal credit as part of a new system designed to make work pay and reduce the benefits dependency culture.

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