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Every council in Scotland is offering eligible families a grant of at least £100 to help with the cost of school uniforms, officials have confirmed. Council umbrella body Cosla said all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase in school clothing grant payments to the new level while keeping the…
A bereaved mother-of-four has described how she both cried and beamed with joy after a landmark legal judgement over the rights of unmarried couples. Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, was refused bereavement benefits after her partner of 23 years, John Adams, died from cancer in January 2014 because the couple were not…
Couples raising two children while working full-time on the minimum wage are falling £49 a week short of being able to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research has found. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called for an increase in the so-called national living wage to allow…
Lack of action to tackle child poverty is creating "a generation of invisible boys and girls", according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. He accused both the Scottish and UK governments of ignoring what he described as "a national disgrace", and called for increases in welfare payments to address the…
Universal credit claimants are losing out on hundreds of pounds a year if their payday falls too close their assessment date, a charity has warned. Being paid early as a result of weekends or bank holidays makes it look like a worker has earned more because they receive two payments…
Child poverty rose by 3% last year, sparked by a cut of up to £150 in the income of Britain's poorest families, a new report suggests. While middle-income households saw their income growth fall to 0.9%, its lowest level since 2012, those in the poorest 30% of households fell by…
Lone parents and their children are going to the UK's highest court in a battle against the Government's controversial benefit cap. Supreme Court justices will hear several challenges over the lawfulness of the measure in cases brought against the Work and Pensions Secretary. Part of the proceedings in London, which…
A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield study, led by Professor Kate Morris from the University’s Department of Sociological Studies, explores the relationship between poverty, care…
More than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, a study has found. The Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said more than a million of the most vulnerable in the country are being let down by a system that leaves them to "fend…
This year’s 2018 vulnerability report tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could affect their lives, wellbeing and life chances. We find that there are over 2 million children in England living in families with substantial complex needs, and…
Half of Scots believe that poorer health is a result of an unjust society, according to findings published by the Scottish Centre for Social Research. The report ‘Scottish Social Attitudes - Public Attitudes to Inequality’, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, reveals the extent to which people are aware of existing…
Summer holidays are "exceptionally difficult" for children in many low-income families and can have a detrimental impact on their health and learning, new research suggests. The study found children's health may be put at risk through isolation, extended periods of inactivity and malnourishment, as many lose access to free school…
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