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Prison crisis: Early release scheme could see hundreds of prisoners released into homelessness

Thousands of prisoners will be released early with prisons in England and Wales nearly at capacity. Frontline charities fear it could mean more offenders end up homeless on release
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Labour ‘considering’ scrapping two-child benefit cap

Rob Delaney: ‘Money is great. It should be handed out Robin Hood-style to poor people all day long’
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Rob Delaney: ‘Money is great. It should be handed out Robin Hood-style to poor people all day long’

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Rory Stewart: ‘I assumed I’d die a heroic death in my early 30s’

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How political cartoonists influenced both Churchill and Sunak’s crushing election defeats

Inside the Big Issue: Rob Delaney on housing for nurses, Robin Hood politics and Deadpool
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Inside the Big Issue

Inside the Big Issue: Rob Delaney on housing for nurses, Robin Hood politics and Deadpool

Keir Starmer on being as ‘bold as Attlee’ and why there’ll be no return to austerity under his watch
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Keir Starmer on being as ‘bold as Attlee’ and why there’ll be no return to austerity under his watch

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General election 2024

General election 2024: Our Blueprint for Change calls on next government to end poverty for good

From 00s pop to cutting-edge electronica: Here’s the best UK music festivals in summer 2024
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From 00s pop to cutting-edge electronica: Here’s the best UK music festivals in summer 2024

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36 places where kids can eat free or for £1 during the summer holidays

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How can I help homeless people during a UK heatwave?

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Disability benefits

How to navigate DWP disability benefit applications and PIP assessments

July 2024 DWP payment dates for benefits and pensions
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July 2024 DWP payment dates for benefits and pensions

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Sean Cullen, Green Park Station, Bath

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Prince William insists it’s possible to end homelessness as Homewards project turns one
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Prince William insists it’s possible to end homelessness as Homewards project turns one

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Thousands back our call for next government to take immediate action on poverty

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Inside the Big Issue: The Museum of Homelessness

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Our health system is failing both men and women – but it’s gender equity we need, not equality

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One in four children start school still wearing nappies – but it’s not the parents’ fault

Seven of the last nine PMs went to Oxford. Has it gotten us any closer to solving child poverty?
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Seven of the last nine PMs went to Oxford. Has it gotten us any closer to solving child poverty?

Voter ID rules are racist – let’s get rid of them once and for all
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Voter ID rules are racist – let’s get rid of them once and for all

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‘It makes a good punchline’: Meet the Edinburgh Fringe comedians playing their neurodiversity for laughs

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