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The Government will today face its first big public protests since being elected when politicians, union leaders and celebrities join thousands of people on demonstrations against austerity, spending cuts and nuclear weapons. Organisers predict that the protests in London and Glasgow will be the biggest for years, especially in the…
We know that up to two-thirds of the people turning to the foodbank for help are having problems with the benefits system. That’s why since August 2013, a Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) adviser funded by the Pears Foundation has been working in a foodbank centre in Tower Hamlets, helping…
Organisers of an anti-austerity protest are predicting that hundreds of thousands of people will join the demonstration. The People's Assembly said 70,000 had already pledged support for the event in London on June 20. Unions, politicians, campaign groups and celebrities are taking part in a march from the City of…
Tesco is trialling a scheme to give away unsold food at the end of each day to charities such as homeless hostels and children's breakfast clubs. The supermarket giant revealed it threw away 55,400 tonnes of food in the last year, of which 30,000 tonnes could otherwise have been eaten.…
The Scottish Government has called on the UK Government to clarify the extent of its proposed £12 billion welfare cuts and urgently outline how they will impact on Scotland’s new devolved social security powers. In a letter to Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil…
A third of Londoners cannot afford a decent standard of living because of extra costs of living in the capital, such as housing and transport, according to a new report. Research for the charity Trust for London showed that for some people in London it costs up to 50% more…
Labour Market Statistics released yesterday show employment is at its highest since records began, and unemployment is decreasing rapidly, says Catherine Davie. But what impact does this have on poverty? While in-work poverty is a growing concern in the UK, we mustn’t forget that for those who are workless, gaining…
Fifty years on from the first Race Relations Act, new research from The University of Manchester and UCL finds that so-called ‘segregated’ Britain is both more diverse - and home to far wider inequalities – than originally thought. A review of the last three population censuses suggests that ethnic inequalities…
The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Scotland and UNISON have joined together to call on political parties to lay out policies to tackle in-work poverty. The call comes as the two organisations release their report Fair Work and Decent Childhoods – policies for those who work to live lives free…
Changes in the living standards of the UK population have fallen, particularly since the April 2013 cuts in social security and other austerity measures took effect, according to new analyses from the Poverty and Social Exclusion project team and the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research. Professor Dave Gordon, Director…
Social workers must collectively speak out as a profession against the damage austerity is doing to society’s most vulnerable citizens, the Chair of the British Association of Social Workers said. Guy Shennan said social workers were better placed than any other profession to highlight the consequences of policies that were…
How many hours should low-paid parents be expected to work? Universal credit (UC) pilots launched today provide an insight into government thinking on this question. Over the next year or so, 15,000 working families in receipt of UC will be randomly subject to different levels of ‘in-work conditionality’ requiring them…