Government accused of running ‘food bank first’ policy

The government has been accused by trade unions of running a “food bank first” policy after a report into poverty in the UK found that the huge increase in their use was largely down to delays and problems with benefits payments.

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Public sector cuts ‘threaten social cohesion’

George Osborne has claimed media coverage of the cuts outlined in his autumn statement yesterday has been “totally hyperbolic” – despite forecasters showing that public spending will fall to levels not seen since the 1930s.

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‘Stay the course’ urges Osborne in autumn statement

A major reform of stamp duty topped the bill in chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement today – as he claimed credit for the UK’s economic recovery but acknowledged that further spending cuts would be needed to bring the public finances under control.

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‘Last chance’ for coalition to tackle poverty

This week’s autumn statement is the “last chance” for the government to show it is serious about bringing down household bills and tackling the main causes of poverty, a campaigning charity has said.

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