Nick Clegg has come under fire for taking a holiday as benefit reforms kick in leaving struggling households facing shrinking incomes.
Benefits claimants should be banned from spending their state handouts on cigarettes and booze, a West Yorkshire MP has claimed.
Sheffield MP Nick Clegg has announced almost 1,000 two-year-olds are to benefit from free childcare a year early.
Campaigners have been highlighting what they call the harsh reality of living life on benefits. Eight people from West Yorkshire say they've been falsely branded as scroungers.
Now they're hitting back at claims that not working is a 'lifestyle choice', by turning their real life stories into an animation about life on the dole. They hope it will change people's attitudes to those living life on the poverty line as Sarah Clark reports.
Former Lance Corporal Adam Douglas was severely injured in Iraq in 2003. He and his wife Maria were told they could have a benefit known as Disability Living Allowance - Carer's Component.
But when the Department of Work and Pensions stopped the benefit, the couple, from Leeds, faced seven tribunals before it was reinstated.
The very next day, however, the DWP told Mr Douglas he was no longer disabled enough for the benefit - despite him being in a wheelchair - as Helen Steel reports.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that housing benefit changes that have been introduced today are about "fairness".
In response to criticisms of the so-called 'bedroom tax', he said: "The reality is this is about getting our housing benefit back into order".
"This is about fairness. It's about fairness to those who pay vast sums of money in taxation to see that people living in subsidised accommodation who often don't use the bedrooms they've got, while others in overcrowded accommodation.... they can't get the accommodation they need.
"This is a nonsense problem that was created by the last government who didn't build enough housing and didn't manage the housing stock properly".
New rules on housing benefit come into effect today as the Government begins the biggest shake-up in the history of the welfare system.
Daybreak's Sue Jameson reports:
A former RAF police dog handler from Lincoln, who suffers from heart failure, has won an appeal to have his benefits reinstated, after wrongly being declared fit to work.
Alex Smith challenged the Department for Work and Pensions following a medical, and is highlighting his case to warn others. Kate Hemingway reports.
The Department for Work and Pensions says it reinstated the benefits of former RAF worker Alex Smith, who has heart failure, because of new evidence which wasn't available at the time of a medical assessment.
– Department for Work and Pensions
"Only a small proportion of decisions are overturned on appeal. If a decision is overturned it does not necessarily mean that the original decision was wrong - claimants sometimes produce new evidence in their appeal which wasn't available at the time."
There've been protests across the region today over planned cuts to disability benefits.
Campaigners say a private firm which is sponsoring the Paralympic Games is also employed by the government to assess the sick and disabled - and is unfairly deciding some claimants are fit to work.