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Poverty could be effectively eliminated for the "Brexit generation" by 2030 if the Government puts more effort into helping the poor, a think tank has said. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) insists ministers need to tackle the "poverty premium" which sees people on low incomes pay more for goods and…
Ambitious new targets which could reduce the number of children living in "persistent poverty" to less than one in 20 by the year 2030 have been announced by the Scottish Government. The latests statistics showed that in 2014-15 22% of children - some 220,000 youngsters - were classed as living…
More than half a million people in Greater Manchester are living in poverty despite its economic success, a report has found. Greater Manchester - which is the UK's third largest city-region economy outside of London - has seen growth in its economy, but has an estimated 620,000 people, including 180,000…
Poverty costs the UK taxpayer £78 billion a year in additional public service spending and lost taxes, according to a new report. The research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, estimated an extra £69.2 billion - or £1 in every £5 of public spending - went on areas including healthcare,…
One in five parents will skip a meal during the summer holidays so there will be enough food for their children, a new study reveals. Research by the Trussell Trust showed that two out of five parents worried about extra costs of childcare during the school break. A survey of…
Legislation aimed at helping to eradicate child poverty in Scotland has been announced by Nicola Sturgeon. The First Minister said the Child Poverty Bill will set out a new approach to tackling inequality as she visited the Prince's Trust charity. She also announced the re-appointment of Naomi Eisenstadt as the…
Two-thirds of children classified as living in "absolute poverty" now have at least one parent who is in work, according to new research. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said a study of the official household below average income figures showed the problems of low income were increasingly associated with…
A family court judge has told of the "very difficult" reality of life in England for one Romany couple who emigrated from Slovakia three years ago. Judge Clifford Bellamy said the couple, who have four children aged between one and eight, arrived with no money and had been dependent on…
Over a third of families, more than 2 million households, in the UK are earning below the minimum income needed for an acceptable living standard. This is among the key findings of a unique study into the life of families unable to afford a minimum household budget, produced by Loughborough…
Nearly a third of people in the UK have fallen into poverty at least once in four years, according to new figures. Women are more at risk of experiencing longer term poverty than men, the analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also suggests. The gap between men and…
A "shocking" 1.25 million people in the UK were classed as destitute last year, including 300,000 children, according to a new study. Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that four out of five of those people were born in the UK, while young, single people, particularly men, were more…
Northern cities are home to the highest numbers of vulnerable children and families but southern and coastal areas are facing "hidden" poverty, analysis shows. The cities in the North of England, Midlands and Scotland which have the highest numbers of families in crisis - defined as being on a very…
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