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Half of children in some parts of the UK are growing up in poverty, revealing a "growing crisis", a new report warns. Research by the End Child Poverty coalition showed that some of the most deprived areas of the country have seen the biggest increases in child poverty over the…
Thousands of children still live in "scandalous" poverty across Scotland, a study has found. The End Child Poverty coalition is urging the UK Government to end the freeze on children's benefits so that families no longer see living standards "squeezed" as prices rise. Child poverty - covering those in a…
A charity has described homelessness figures as "nothing short of a tragedy" after an official report showed the numbers in England have increased. The number of households in temporary accommodation has surged by 65% since 2010. Local authorities accepted 15,290 households as being statutorily homeless between July 1 and September…
A family of eight are living on less than £1.60 a day after they were incorrectly told to claim Universal Credit, an MP has claimed. Labour's Grahame Morris (Easington) said the Government was not reinstating or backdating the family's child tax credits. Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said Universal Credit was…
The Prime Minister has been urged in the Lords to take a personal lead in tackling "Dickensian" conditions faced by millions of vulnerable children in England. Labour's Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde said a report by the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, had exposed "horrific" figures. Opening a debate on…
The number of investigations started by councils into whether children are being harmed or at risk has more than doubled in the last decade, town hall bosses have warned. More than 500 child protection inquiries began each day in 2016/17, compared to around 200 a day 10 years ago, according…
Some 128,000 children will wake up homeless in Britain on Christmas Day - the highest number in a decade, according to a leading housing charity. The figure, which has jumped by two-thirds since 2011, was labelled a "national scandal" by Shelter chief executive Polly Neate. Families shunted into temporary accommodation…
There are 100 more homeless children for every announcement the Government has made on homelessness since 2010, Labour has claimed. Shadow housing minister John Healey said the Government needed action and "not more warm words" to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government had increased…
A "turning point" has been reached in the fight against poverty following the first sustained increases in child and pensioner poverty for 20 years, according to a new report. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are living in poverty than four years…
The charity running hundreds of foodbanks is appealing for public support as it gears up for its busiest Christmas so far. The Trussell Trust said December last year was its busiest month on record, with almost 150,000 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis, including 61,000 to children.…
The UK's Children's Commissioners have called for a halt in the controversial roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) for families with children as they face an "almost impossible challenge" due to the weeks-long wait for payments. In a direct plea to the Chancellor, they said a pause was "essential" to prevent…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) CEO, Dr. Ruth Allen, has warned the Government that we are facing “generational trauma” for children who are stuck in poverty and increasingly at risk of neglect, following the unveiling of data showing a record high in Section 47s. The Department of Education’s…
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