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The Government is being urged to reform the social security system after a new study revealed that 1.5 million people are "destitute". Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that people classed as destitute often went without food, heating or lighting in their home and had sometimes slept rough.…
Sixty Church of England bishops as well as senior figures from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups have united to urge the Government to rethink its controversial benefits cap on families with more than two children. Parents can claim child tax credits or Universal Credit for only their first two…
Almost half of children are living in poverty in some parts of the UK, according to a new study. The End Child Poverty coalition said the problem was worst in large cities, especially London, Birmingham and Manchester. The coalition of charities, faith groups and unions warned that low income families…
Thousands of lone migrant children are living in squalid conditions or are vulnerable to smuggling gangs after being let down by European countries including the UK, a report has warned. Youngsters face a culture of disbelief and suspicion, while authorities try to avoid taking responsibility for their care and protection,…
Children whose parents are from poorer backgrounds are more likely to suffer from mental health problems, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) in conjunction with the Centre for Mental Health. Researchers examining the mental health of 11-year-old children living in the UK found that gender…
Anti-poverty campaigners have voiced deep concern over Government plans to ditch legal requirements to lift children out of relative poverty. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith announced plans to replace Labour's Child Poverty Act, which established a duty for governments to eradicate the problem by 2020, with new legislation…
How many hours should low-paid parents be expected to work? Universal credit (UC) pilots launched today provide an insight into government thinking on this question. Over the next year or so, 15,000 working families in receipt of UC will be randomly subject to different levels of ‘in-work conditionality’ requiring them…
Why are children from poor neighbourhoods more likely to be subject to a child protection intervention than those living in better off areas? And is deprivation the primary cause? That is what a comprehensive new research programme involving seven UK universities aims to find out. The two year project will…
Child deaths in Britain "disproportionately" affect the poorest in society, leading children's doctors have said. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said the nation needs to get to grips with the growing gap between rich and poor to have any impact on high mortality rates. Meanwhile public…
A new strategy to tackle child poverty has been unveiled as latest figures show that 80,000 children from working families are living below the bread line. More than half (52%) of the children living in poverty in Scotland are from households where at least one adult was working, according to…
This paper provides an overview of devolved strategies to tackle child poverty in the UK; builds on JRF’s earlier work assessing the impact of devolution for low-income people and places & looks at what more can be done within existing powers to tackle child poverty.