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The woefully inadequate food parcels sent out to needy children undermined the dignity and the basic well-being of those who received them.
The pandemic has acted as a gargantuan stress-test, accelerating new couples and putting extra strain on those already struggling.
Rather than cutting Universal Credit, Rishi Sunak should use this moment to build the resilient welfare state the UK has long needed.
The reversal of the £20-a-week increase in Universal Credit would cost six million families £1,040 a year.
Welfare, once an issue that raised Tory spirits, is now a source of gloom.
I always saw the appeal of living by myself. But during lockdown, it feels less like liberation and more like solitary confinement.
The pandemic scheme, which helped people off the streets within 72 hours, offered only temporary relief. This winter, rough sleeping is on the rise again.
Food bank users are now more likely to be in debt to the government than to loan companies or family and friends.
The pandemic threatens to reverse decades of feminist progress – governments must act now.
Millions of people are entering the benefits system for first time.
Rejecting identification cards removes an individual’s right to exist in a space. So, what can be done?