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Scotland's former chief medical officer is expected to outline "the hidden costs of austerity" at the Scottish Green conference in Glasgow today. Sir Harry Burns will share a platform with food blogger and anti-poverty campaign Jack Monroe and MSPs Alison Johnstone and John Wilson at the second day of the…
New research shows that children all over the world are more likely to be at risk if they’re female and below the poverty line. A new research paper by a Plymouth University academic shows that children all over the world are more likely to be at risk if they’re female…
Over the coming weeks, the Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) will be running a short series of blogs on child poverty in Scotland from voices across the children’s sector. In this first piece, SCCYP Head of Policy Máire McCormack gives an overview of the past, present and…
Goals to wipe out extreme poverty drawn up under a panel led by David Cameron are set to be missed, a leading charity has warned. The 2030 target will not be met unless rapid action is taken to tackle inequality, leaving an extra 200 million people unnecessarily living on less…
Low-income families with one main breadwinner, single parents and out-of-work couples with children are likely to see their living standards stagnate or fall in the coming five years, according to research. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), which looked at how changes announced in the summer Budget will affect people's ability…
Around 120,000 children whose parents are working on low incomes will be cast adrift if the UK Government changes its definition of child poverty, the social justice secretary (for Scotland) has said. Alex Neil MSP has written to Iain Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, urging…
Child poverty is something the Conservatives do not want people to talk about which is why they are renaming the child poverty act the Life Chances Act, Labour has claimed. Shadow work and pensions minister Stephen Timms (pictured) slammed plans in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill to rename Labour's…
Almost two-thirds of children in poverty are living with parents who work, according to a new study. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that, while levels of absolute child poverty were unchanged between 2009/10 and 2013/14, the proportion living in a working family grew from 54% to 63% as…
The first Conservative-only Budget for almost 20 years was "regressive", taking "much more" from the poor than the rich, a respected economic thinktank has found. The Institute for Fiscal Studies found that "unequivocally", low-paid workers will be left worse off by the Budget measures announced by Chancellor George Osborne on…
A four-year freeze for working-age benefits and restricting tax credits to two children are among key parts of a blueprint to slash at least another £12 billion-plus a year from the welfare bill. Chancellor George Osborne said it was not fair to taxpayers that the UK was responsible for 7%…
George Osborne has used the first Tory-only Budget for nearly 20 years to introduce a "living wage", dramatically declaring that "Britain deserves a pay rise". Hailing a new "higher wage, lower tax, lower welfare" Britain, the Chancellor said from next April everyone over 25 would be entitled to £7.20 an…
The four UK children's commissioners have joined forces to urge the Government to halt its programme of benefit cuts to prevent more young people being pushed into poverty. The commissioners for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said child poverty rates across the UK were "unacceptably high" and that there…
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