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There is "overwhelming" support for the Scottish Government's plan to cut the number of children in poverty to 10% or less by 2030. The Government consulted on its plan to bring in statutory income targets and the majority of the 119 respondents agreed, with 94% in favour of making an…
Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter, a new study reveals. People on pre-payment meters are particularly at risk of having to choose between heating or eating, said the Trussell Trust. A survey of its more than 400…
The gulf between the numbers of rich and poor children winning university places has reached record levels, figures from Ucas show. Students who received free school meals - the long-time indicator of poverty - are less than half as likely to enter higher education than those who do not get…
Around a third of children in England are falling behind in their development by the time they start primary school, government figures show. Pupils from poorer backgrounds were also far more likely to be below a good standard in their learning, literacy and numeracy levels. More than 200,000 youngsters are…
The Government's "shambolic" approach to Brexit risks hitting workers in the UK, Labour warned as it called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to abandon austerity in his Autumn Statement. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell will use a speech to demand extra support for people on low and middle incomes and U-turns on…
A new report says those in Wales who suffered four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a chronic disease in later life compared to adults that have experienced none. Adults up to the age of 69 years that experienced four…
Single parents of a young child make up more than half of households affected by a new benefit cap, research shows. The Gingerbread group said 43,700 single parents with a child under the age of five would be hit by the cap, which sets a limit on the total amount…
More than 6.5 million households across Britain are in debt or face the prospect of falling into debt within a month should they lose their jobs or face a large financial shock, according to analysis from a charity. The Equality Trust found 42% of non-retired households have less put aside…
The UK Government has tried to characterise poverty as a "lifestyle choice" while sweeping its effects on children "under the carpet", Equalities Secretary Angela Constance has said. Ms Constance blasted UK ministers for ditching the 2020 target to eradicate child poverty and attempting to scrap income-related measurements of it, as…
Single parents in parts of the UK are owed millions of pounds in unpaid child maintenance, a new study shows. More than £6 million is owed in areas of West Yorkshire, Milton Keynes, Grimsby, Telford and Nottingham, said campaign group Gingerbread. The lowest arrears were found to be in parts…
Scotland's Children's Commissioner has backed calls for the Scottish Government to use new powers to top up child benefit payments to the poorest families. Tam Baillie said the move, recommended by an expert group earlier this year, was necessary to ensure every child had enough food to thrive. In June,…
Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a package of legislation aimed at boosting Scotland's economy in the wake of the Brexit vote, but has also pledged the "immediate introduction" of legislation for a second independence referendum if ministers decide leaving the UK is the best way to protect links with Europe. The…
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