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The number of people using foodbanks has reached a record one million after an increase in workers on low pay having to seek emergency help for food, new figures have revealed. The Trussell Trust said almost 400,000 children were among those receiving at least three days' of supplies from the…
There is "clear evidence" linking increased food bank use with UK areas that have seen greater unemployment and welfare and government spending cuts, scientists say. An Oxford University-led team used official government data and statistics from the Trussell Trust, the UK's largest food bank backer, to look at why people…
Children are turning up to school sick because their parents cannot afford to take time off to care for them, teachers have claimed. School staff are also still seeing youngsters arriving for lessons hungry, tired and wearing inappropriate clothes due to a continuing squeeze on family finances, according to the…
A new film about the isolation that can be felt by new mothers had its first public screening in Bristol last night. The film was screened at the Silai Centre, at an event entitled Mothers, Work and Austerity. The film, Atomised Mothers, is the work of Dr Michal Nahman from…
Young adults under 30 now make up the biggest share of those experiencing poverty in Scotland, according to new research by the New Policy Institute (NPI) for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). They are also the age-group at highest risk (25 per cent) of poverty and are the only age…
Children have suffered disproportionately from the Government's austerity measures, a committee of MPs and peers has found. The committee said there was evidence that specific pieces of legislation "run directly counter to the principle of protecting the most disadvantaged", highlighting the decision to restrict rises in working-age benefits to 1%…
The Health and Social Care Academy has published its latest thinkpiece, The Right To Health: Health Inequalities in Scotland, highlighting the issue of Scotland's growing health inequalities. The thinkpiece has been produced to coincide with a debate in the Scottish Parliament, led by representatives of the Health and Sport Committee,…
Getting people off benefits isn’t enough – they need sustained employment with opportunities for progression too, says Josh Stott. Could greater devolution of welfare to work help? Our new report, Welfare to work devolution in England, which reviews the devolution of welfare to work policies in the UK and four…
Evidence that shows the link between the UK Government’s welfare reform and an increase in the use of food banks has been sent to Scotland Office Minister David Mundell MP (pictured) by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee. This follows a call from Mr Mundell to show him evidence of…
Over half a million people in Scotland lived on less than half the average income in 2012/13, according to new data published today. 510,000 people were classed as living in households in severe or extreme poverty – of whom 330,000 were working age adults, 100,000 were children and 80,000 pensioners.…
Poorer areas have been hardest hit by cuts to local government spending over the past five years, according to a think-tank. The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found local authority spend in England went down by an average of 20.4% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2014-15. The figure…
Rising numbers of people are facing homelessness in England amid a string of benefit cuts and a "woeful lack of affordable housing" - with an estimated 280,000 cases taking place last year, a report has found. The research, published jointly by Crisis and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), argued that…