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Families on low incomes can apply for a new pregnancy and baby grant from December 10, the Scottish Government has announced.The first payments for the new Best Start Grant will be made before Christmas and eligible applicants will be given £600 to help with their first child.It is £100 more…
A charity helping abused children has launched a campaign to fight childhood trauma brought on by neglect.Over the festive period, there is a surge in calls about children left alone in cold homes, without proper clothing, and living in filthy conditions, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to…
Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced multimillion-pound projects aimed at helping poorer families nurture their child's early development at home.Backed by almost £18 million, they will include funding for extra training for health visitors who work with families to identify speech, language and communication needs in young children.The money will…
Campaigners have called for more action to be taken to help the one million people in Scotland living in poverty.The Poverty Alliance said that 230,000 children are included in the one-million figure.Scotland is the only part of the UK with targets for reducing poverty after the Child Poverty Act was…
Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on inequalities among asthma patients states that children growing up in homes with mould are up to three times…
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more. Since the Scottish Welfare Fund was set up by ministers…
A charity is warning of a "hidden crisis" of childhood poverty after reporting that demand for its services has never been greater. London-based Little Village said it had supported almost 2,000 families since it was set up two years ago, handing out hundreds of cots, buggies and nappy supplies. Half…
Children found to have severe dental decay should be referred to local safeguarding teams as it may be an indicator of wider neglect, dentistry experts have said.Researchers at London's King's College Hospital said two out of five (40%) children who needed oral and maxillofacial surgery due to dental decay over…
Britain is in danger of becoming a "two-speed society" with some groups excluded from the prosperity and rights enjoyed by others, the country's equality body has warned.At-risk groups are in danger of being forgotten and "trapped in disadvantage", said the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Its study found that progress made…
Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland has called on all social workers to become poverty aware and to become anti-poverty practitioners. Speaking on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, at an anti-poverty practice seminar at Queens University for social work students and staff, Sean Holland emphasised that social…
The Scottish Government has not taken the "decisive steps" needed to tackle child poverty, campaigners have said, with a quarter of youngsters living in families that are struggling to get by. Over the period 2014-15 to 2016-17 an average of 230,000 children in Scotland were living in relative poverty each…
More than one in 10 people in the UK live in "persistent poverty", according to a report that takes a fresh look at the way financial hardship is measured. A major study by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) found that 7.7 million people, 12.1% of the UK population, have spent…
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