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Activities for poorer children during the school holidays are to receive a multimillion-pound funding boost.Thousands more disadvantaged children are set to benefit under the £9 million programme announced by the Department for Education (DfE).Organisations from across England are being invited to bid for a share of the money to deliver…
One in 10 young parents has used food banks and many skip meals because they cannot afford to eat properly, according to a report.Research by the Young Women's Trust suggested young parents with secondary school age children are most likely to receive supplies from food banks.A survey of 4,000 people…
The Scottish Government has “missed an opportunity” to tackle poverty in its budget for 2019-2020, according to charities.In Holyrood on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced funding of more than £825 million, as part of a total investment in excess of £3 billion, to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the…
A new payment to help cover the costs of having children has been introduced in Scotland.Families on low incomes can now apply for the Best Start Grant, with applications opening on Monday.It replaces the Sure Start Maternity Grant, which made a one-off payment of £500.The grant will mean that eligible…
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has been urged to help hard-up families by increasing child benefit payments by £5 a week as part of his budget.Children’s charities, academics, trade unions and religious leaders are among those who have banded together to make the plea ahead of Mr Mackay (pictured) setting out…
The UK's housing crisis will be "felt across a generation" as the latest figures reveal the scale of children living in homelessness, a charity has warned.Shelter urged the public to support its Christmas appeal which aims to provide families with "the vital helpline advice and services they need in order…
High earners should have childcare subsidies scrapped to give a boost to low-income families under Universal Credit, the architects of the reforms have said.The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) think-tank, in a joint report with Save the Children, argues the Government's flagship welfare reform should fund 100% of childcare payments…
Cash transfers should be given to Scotland’s poorest families to help them cope during the school holidays, a poverty commission has recommended.A report from the Poverty and Inequality Commission highlighted low income families face a number of pressures during holiday periods, ranging from food insecurity to a lack of opportunities…
A "perfect storm" of stagnating wages and benefits cuts has led to the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in the England widening, according to new research.A new study, published on Thursday evening, also found that life expectancy for the country's poorest women has fallen by three…
Addressing childhood adversity and trauma should be a national public health priority, Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said action was needed because around half of adults in England had endured Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).He said ACEs include verbal and physical abuse, emotional neglect, household domestic violence and substance…
After climate change, there is nothing more serious than poverty and there is clear evidence that it leads to higher levels of child abuse and neglect, said the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Brid Featherstone, speaking to a large gathering of social workers. She is Professor of Social Work at the…
The Duchess of York has launched a fundraising campaign for her charity Street Child, urging the public to donate to give a child an education.The Count Me In appeal will use the funds to buy school uniforms, train teachers and build classrooms for disadvantaged youngsters in 10 countries from Sierra…
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