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Illness caused by malnutrition is getting worse because some people cannot afford good quality food, a health expert has warned. Figures released earlier this month by the Health and Social Care Information Centre showed hospital admissions for patients with malnutrition have increased from 5,590 to 6,690 in a one-year period.…
The percentage of households falling below society’s minimum standard of living has increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling. This is one of the stark findings from the largest study of poverty and deprivation ever conducted by the Poverty and…
The cost of bringing up children has soared in the last year, leaving families on the minimum wage 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to live on. In a new report published today, The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) finds childcare costs are soaring past the ability…
Funding designed to tackle food poverty has been allocated to 26 projects across Scotland, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today. According to the Trussell Trust, the number of people who used their food banks in Scotland between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014 rose to 71,428 which is…
The government published its child poverty strategy for 2014-17. It said that good progress had been made in many areas to date and that the government remained committed to the target of ending child poverty in the United Kingdom by 2020. It said that actions would be taken to address…
A report examined the educational trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds. It said children in this group were far less likely to become 'high achievers' at any stage, and that the early promise shown by the brightest students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be lost as they progressed through school, particularly…
More must be done to help children from poor backgrounds convert early promise into continued academic success, according to a new report. Disadvantaged children who start out as high attainers are overtaken by better off children who were initially only average attainers, the study found. The Social Mobility and Child…
Measures should be taken to cut the number of low-paid workers by a million to end the "national scandal" of poverty, according to a new report. A year-long study by the Living Wage Commission recommended a series of "low cost" moves to tackle low pay, by building on the UK's…
A poverty action group said people were being blamed for being poor and much of the cash being spent to help was failing to reach those who needed it most. The Poverty Truth Commission is calling for an end to zero-hour contracts and a commitment to paying workers a living…
The percentage of households that fall below society's minimum standard of living has increased sharply over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling, experts say. Researchers who carried out the largest study of poverty and deprivation conducted in the UK found the figure had increased from…
Thousands of the country's most disadvantaged children, young people and families will benefit from £15 million of new funding over the next year, the Scottish Government has announced. It will be used to support initiatives such as projects to tackle poverty, promote parenting skills and encourage family support for learning.…
The Archbishop of York has described gaps in life expectancy between rich and poor in Britain as a "human rights abuse" as he warned against a "smug" attitude to images of inequality in Brazil in the run-up to the World Cup. John Sentamu said classic pictures of "haves and have…