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Welfare assessors could be given access to claimants' medical records in a bid improve the service, the Work and Pensions Secretary has told MPs. David Gauke also said that meetings between claimants and assessors may be "recorded and audited" to ensure the advice provided was of "suitable quality". Tory MP…
Government policy has created an austerity generation, threatening to send one million more children into poverty, a new report warns. Research revealed that families already at greater risk of poverty, such as lone parents and those with a disability, will suffer the most from cuts to their income. The report…
Benefit cuts are pushing an extra 400,000 children into absolute poverty, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said. The biggest rises are hitting Wales, the North East, East Midlands, and Northern Ireland, with child poverty levels predicted to increase by 4% nationally between 2015/16 to 2021/22, the report states.…
Low pay and a lack of affordable childcare are holding back parents who want to work, a study has found. Research by the Child Poverty Action Group showed that one in five unemployed parents wanted to work but found the cost of childcare prohibitively expensive. Almost as many could not…
A newly-appointed professor at the University of Huddersfield has played a key role in an ambitious research project investigating inequalities in child welfare provision throughout the UK. It has now begun a line of enquiry into the possibility that Northern Ireland – despite high levels of deprivation – might provide…
Town halls are struggling to meet the needs of children in their area, a charity has warned. Many authorities are facing an increased demand for children's services, such as supporting those in care and providing facilities for families, according to a poll by the National Children's Bureau (NCB). It found…
A Government scheme to give working parents 30 hours of free childcare a week could widen the education gap between rich and poor, according to a new report. Research published by the Sutton Trust suggests the offer is being implemented at the expense of quality early years education for disadvantaged…
Social workers are being urged to contribute their experiences of practising in an age of austerity for a new study. The research by University of Wolverhampton and supported by BASW aims to gain a deeper understanding of how reduced funding has impacted on the work of front line practitioners. Similar…
Teenage girls from deprived areas are at a greater risk of suffering from violence than those from more affluent communities, research suggests. This is because they feel distrusted by their "strict" parents and then put themselves in situations where they could fall victim to violence. Girls from poorer backgrounds are…
Dozens of organisations have signed a letter calling on Scotland's political leaders to "urgently scale up" action to tackle poverty. In the open letter to party leaders, 37 organisations said there has been a failure to adequately address economic inequality, with one in five people in the country living in…
The rise in youngsters living in poverty should "shock" the Scottish Government into increasing child benefit payments to families, Kezia Dugdale said. The Scottish Labour leader spoke out after the Catholic Church became the latest organisation to back a £5 a week rise in the amount families receive. Her party…
Half of children receiving supplies from foodbanks are aged between five and eleven, new research has revealed. The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 420 foodbanks, said its study showed how close to crisis many families are living. There were over 67,500 three-day emergency food supplies given to children in…
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