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Children's services have suffered their own Windrush moment, according to a University of Huddersfield professor when he spoke to a committee of MPs. Paul Bywaters, who is Professor of Social Work, believes that austerity measures and policies that place too much emphasis on seeking out children at risk rather than…
An unmarried mother behind a legal battle to access widowed parent's allowance has accused the Government of treating her grieving children as "insignificant". Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, said her case, being heard at the Supreme Court sitting in Northern Ireland for the first time, was never about her but about justice…
A lawyer has questioned whether an unmarried mother at the centre of a legal battle to access widowed parent's allowance is being made an example of. Special needs classroom assistant Siobhan McLaughlin, 46, from Armoy in Co Antrim, was with her partner John Adams, a groundsman, for 23 years. The…
A record number of emergency supplies were handed out by food banks in the past year, research has revealed. The Trussell Trust said its network distributed more than 1.3 million three-day food supplies in the year to March, a 13% increase on the previous 12 months. Almost half a million…
Families have lost a High Court challenge against the Government's two-child rule for payment of tax credits and universal credit. A judge in London ruled on Friday that the policy was "compatible" with human rights laws. But campaigners welcomed Mr Justice Ouseley's declaration that a provision in regulations relating to…
The Scottish Government has given £2m funding through Every Child, Every Chance, its Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-22, to Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) - an innovative collaboration between Policy Scotland and What Works Scotland at the University of Glasgow and GCPH (Glasgow Centre for Population Health) at the Social…
Flagship welfare reforms will create "losers" despite a likely 50,000 increase in the number of children eligible for free school meals (FSMs), a new analysis claims. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said it expects there to be families who gain and lose out under changes introduced via Universal Credit…
The Scottish Government is to use new welfare powers to introduce an income supplement as part of a range of measures to tackle child poverty. Communities Secretary Angela Constance announced the move as she set out the government’s plan for meeting the targets to cut child poverty contained in legislation…
Malnourished, grey-looking, children are turning up to school in dirty uniforms and stuffing food in their pockets because they are living in poverty, headteachers have warned. In some cases, youngsters have failed to arrive for class because they do not have shoes, while others have been spotted in their uniforms…
Glaswegian rap artist and author of ‘Poverty Safari’ will share his insight into living on the breadline next week when he talks at the University of Dundee. Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, will be giving his insight into the common misgivings about poverty and those who live in it, from 12pm –…
Children in the north of England are being left behind by their southern counterparts as they face a "double whammy of entrenched deprivation and poor schools", a study has concluded. The report by the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, says pupils in the North West, North East and Yorkshire…
Families with children are most likely to rely on food banks, making up half of those who use them, a new study reveals. Seven out of 10 families who receive supplies from food banks run by the Trussell Trust have dependent children, research by Sheffield University's political economy research institute…
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