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Austerity campaigner Charlotte Hughes considers what social workers and other professionals should be be doing to challenge poverty, austerity and stigma... More than a million people in the UK are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry, and this figure is rising…
Major changes to the benefits system coming into force on Thursday will condemn hundreds of thousands more children to poverty, charities have warned. The Children's Society called on the Government to think again over imposing a new "two-child limit" on Universal Credit and child tax credit as the move will…
At least £3 billion in child maintenance payments ordered by the old Child Support Agency (CSA) may never be paid, the Whitehall spending watchdog has disclosed. The National Audit Office (NAO) said three-quarters of the £4 billion in outstanding payments still owed by absent parents - some dating back more…
Scottish ministers appear to have rejected calls to increase child benefit, saying such a move would see less than a third of the money spent go to families struggling with poverty. Social Security Secretary Angela Constance said if the payments are "topped up" by the Scottish Government, £7 out of…
More than a quarter of children are now living in poverty in Scotland. Government statistics show 26% of children in Scotland - approximately 260,000 - were living in relative poverty in 2015/16 after housing costs. It marks a growth of 4% from the previous year, an increase described by charities…
Campaign groups have attacked "truly shocking" new figures showing four million children are affected by poverty. The Children's Society said the situation was "clearly getting worse", estimating that almost a third of children were now living in poverty. The Government said official statistics showed that the percentage of children living…
Experiencing severe deprivation and neglect in childhood can have a lasting psychological impact into early adulthood, according to a unique study conducted at the University of Southampton, which has followed the mental health of a group of children adopted from Romanian institutions to UK families in the 1990s. Published in…
A study by seven British universities has revealed significant inequalities in child welfare across the UK, with children in the poorest areas 10 times more likely than those in the least deprived to become involved in the child protection system. Researchers found ‘strong social gradients’ in the rates of intervention…
Millions of families who are "just about managing" are on the tipping point of falling into poverty, a new report warns. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the number of people living below an adequate standard of living had increased by four million to 19 million over the past six years.…
Children from the poorest parts of Scotland are more than twice as likely to have concerns recorded about their development. New figures show more than a quarter (26%) of children from the most deprived areas had at least one developmental concern identified during reviews offered to every child reaching 27…
Child health in Scotland is amongst the poorest in western Europe, according to a major study. Experts are calling for more action to tackle smoking, obesity and child mortality, as they say poverty is the main cause of poor health. The State of Child Health - Scotland report found more…
An alarming gap between rich and poor is leaving the health and well-being of the UK's children in jeopardy, according to a major report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) urges the Government to introduce a comprehensive national strategy and reverse cuts to…