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Children going hungry in the school holiday is a "significant human rights issue for Scotland", the Scottish commissioner for children and young people has said. Bruce Adamson called on the Scottish and UK Governments to gather accurate data on the extent of the problem. Ahead of a visit to a…
Labour has put further pressure on the Government's benefit cap after new figures showed around 20,000 families were affected by a policy ruled unlawful by the High Court. New analysis from the Department for Work and Pensions shows 19,700 households affected by the benefit cap were single parents with children…
UK Government welfare cuts are expected to reduce annual social security spending in Scotland by almost £4 billion by 2020/21, according to a new report. The Scottish Government's update on the impacts of reforms made since 2010 said about £0.9 billion of the cut was due to measures announced by…
Unaccompanied child refugees entitled to come to the UK are still "wandering around France", ministers in the Lords have been told. Liberal Democrat Baroness Sheehan said the "chaotic" demolition of the Jungle camp in Calais had led to the dispersal of hundreds of unaccompanied minors to centres around France. She…
Tackling poverty and inequality should be priorities in developing Scotland's city deals, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has said. The charity has urged the UK and Scottish governments to work with city leaders and businesses to ensure more people benefit from economic growth. JRF said progress was crucial with just…
Poor children should be given as much high-quality early education and care as possible, a leading expert has said. There is a huge "pay off" for youngsters from disadvantaged homes who get access to early years education, according to Andreas Schleicher. A landmark new study by the Organisation for Economic…
Five Children First pioneer projects will run in Cwm Taf, Gwynedd, Newport, Caerphilly and Carmarthenshire, Communities and Children Secretary, Carl Sargeant has announced. Children First is the name for children’s zones in Wales. Their purpose is to allow the local community and organisations to work together to address the specific…
Jeremy Corbyn has said reducing poverty would be at the heart of his Labour government in his final broadcast interview before polling day. During an interview with the Big Issue, the Labour leader also shared his thoughts on how his cat would deal with life at Downing Street, as well…
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has highlighted her plans to tackle child poverty, as she accused the SNP and Tories of being too focused on division to address the issue. The party's manifesto pledges an increase in the minimum wage and a boost for family benefits. Ms Dugdale branded the…
A senior Scottish Government minister has accused the Conservatives of trying to "sweep child poverty under the carpet". Communities Secretary Angela Constance said the UK Government was trying to hide the problem by scrapping targets to reduce child poverty and said the Scottish Government would use all its powers to…
Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
Poverty is having a devastating impact on children's health, with parents diluting milk, skimping on food and youngsters living in damp, cold housing, paediatricians say. A new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), based on a survey with 250…
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