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One million Scots are living in poverty after they have paid their rent or mortgage, new figures have revealed. Scottish Government statistics showed that in 2016-17 1,020,000 individuals were classed as being in relative poverty after housing costs had been taken into consideration. Over the three-year rolling period 2014 to…
Up to £26 million is to be pumped into supporting breakfast clubs across England, the Government has announced. More than 1,770 state schools will benefit from the cash, according to the Department for Education, with money targeted at the most disadvantaged areas of the country. It is understood it will…
The UK is "falling behind" comparable countries for several child health issues, a new report has found. Improvements in life expectancy have stalled, breastfeeding rates are among the lowest in the world and the nation's children have some of the highest levels of obesity. An analysis of UK child health…
Many children "will be condemned to start life in poverty" as a result of Government changes to taxes and social security, a major new report has warned. Watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found women, ethnic minorities and disabled people would all be adversely affected as a result…
Nearly a quarter of people in Wales are living in poverty - the highest rate in the UK, a report has claimed. Despite an overall gradual decline in the number of people living in poverty over the last 20 years, the report says progress on child poverty has stalled with…
Legislation designed to cap energy prices for 11 million households across Britain will be introduced to Parliament today. The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill would allow Ofgem to limit tariffs until 2020, with the option to extend the cap annually until 2023. Prime Minister Theresa May said that…
"Just about managing" families on the lower end of the pay spectrum are set for three years of stagnating living standards, a new report has warned. The Resolution Foundation think tank said average incomes are set to rise over the years before the next general election in 2022, following real-terms…
Councillors have approved plans to provide free school meals 365 days a year to children from low income households to help tackle "holiday hunger". North Lanarkshire Council agreed to expand its free meal entitlement to cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at school during weekends…
A council is planning to offer free school meals 365 days a year to children from low income households to help tackle "holiday hunger". North Lanarkshire Council proposes expanding its free meal entitlement beyond the school gate to cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at…
One in seven children of public sector workers will be living in poverty by the end of next month, unions are warning. Research by the TUC found that the Government's cap on public sector pay as well as in-work benefit cuts were pushing tens of thousands of youngsters below the…
Jeremy Corbyn has said "we shouldn't have hungry children in Scotland in 2018" ahead of a visit to a council-run scheme to provide meals for children during school holidays. The Labour leader said Holyrood "desperately needs" a Labour government and said this would unlock the potential of devolution. Mr Corbyn…
Almost one in four parents are skipping meals because they cannot afford to buy food, revealing shocking levels of "hidden hunger", according to a new report. A survey of over 2,000 adults showed that more than one in 10 do not have enough money to buy meals, rising to almost…
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