From The Guardian: The Universal Credit helpline will be made free, along with other Department for Work and Pensions numbers, after Jeremy Corbyn last week challenged the government over the 55p-a-minute charge for people using mobile phones to get help.
David Gauke, the work and pensions secretary, told MPs that all charges would be abolished by the end of the year.
The move is a victory for Corbyn after he asked Theresa May about the issue at prime minister’s questions last week. Read more
From BBC News: Fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants.
The Tory government introduced fees of up to £1,200 in 2013.
Government statistics showed 79% fewer cases were brought over three years – trade union Unison said the fees prevented workers accessing justice.
The Supreme Court ruled the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees.
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government has been acting unlawfully, and has been proved wrong – not just on simple economics, but on constitutional law and basic fairness too.”