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Philip Hammond has been urged to help grieving parents whose "lives are forever blighted in darkness" by establishing a children's funeral fund. Carolyn Harris (pictured) said such a fund was "the dignified, compassionate and sympathetic thing to do" to help parents struggling to pay for their child's funeral. The Chancellor…
How long men and women enjoy a healthy life can vary by more than 25 years depending on the individual part of a town or city in which they live, new statistics show. Figures released on Wednesday for individual local authority wards in England and Wales showed a wide disparity…
An SNP MP has proposed changes to the UK Government's welfare policy, to prevent women being "forced to choose between poverty and abuse". Dr Philippa Whitford (pictured) has published a Private Members' Bill aimed at addressing concerns around single household payments for Universal Credit. The SNP's health spokeswoman said her…
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…
The Social Workers Union (SWU) are offering four grants of £500 to social work students who can write the most compelling argument for how the profession can solve austerity. Timed in conjunction with World Social Work Day (WSWD) on 20th March, SWU’s WSWD Assignment is open to any social work…
A housing minster has promised to resign if the problem of rough sleeping gets worse on her watch. Heather Wheeler insisted there would be improvements after the plight of England's estimated 4,700 rough sleepers was starkly highlighted by the "Beast from the East" storm which plunged the country into sub-zero…
A "small army of people" are leaving prison without any form of employment or accommodation, a former minister has warned. The latest Government figures reveal that almost a third of adult prisoners released last year were sent to "unsettled or unknown" accommodation and just over a quarter were found to…
A blast of intense cold weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" has reached the UK, with temperatures expected to dip below freezing throughout the week. The extreme temperatures mean the risks faced by rough sleepers are even greater, and campaigners warn it could be deadly for some forced to…
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…
Almost four-fifths of British workers expect to become poorer over the coming year, as wages fail to keep pace with inflation, according to a new report. Released on the same day as labour market statistics expected to show continuing high levels of employment, the report by left-leaning think tank Class…
A project to take 600 people out of homelessness by offering them a secure home is being launched by a social enterprise. Social Bite said the programme is being largely funded by £3 million of the money raised from December's Sleep in the Park, when 8000 people including Sir Bob…
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