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One in seven working-age adults and children could still be living below the poverty line by the mid-2020s, according to new research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The research looks at the challenge that Scotland would face to tackle poverty, even with a much higher employment rate than it…
The need for food banks is a "stain on our national conscience" with reliance dramatically increasing in Scotland, a charity report has found. Changes to the welfare system, low wages, insecure and zero-hours contracts and rising food and energy prices have all contributed to the increase in the numbers of…
The Government's plans to end child poverty are doomed to failure, its adviser on social mobility has warned as new estimates revealed the UK will be home to 3.5 million poor children by 2020. A report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, chaired by former health secretary Alan…
A record five million children in the UK could be trapped in poverty by 2020, according to new research. The report from Save the Children reveals youngsters have paid the highest price in the recession, with families being hit by a triple whammy of years of flat wages, cuts to…
A 91-year-old woman was drying toilet paper on the radiator and eating just two boiled potatoes a day because she was so desperately short of money. That’s one of the shocking examples highlighted by a new report from Age Cymru about pensioner poverty in Wales. The ‘Life on a low…
The richest 10% of British households own 44% of total household wealth, according to official figures that show this share has increased under the Coalition while families have become worse off. This group, mainly millionaires, own around five times as much as the poorest half of the population, who between…
Changes to the tax and benefits system brought in by the UK Government will "damage our children", a health inequalities expert has told MSPs. Analysis of the changes, which include wide-ranging reforms to welfare, mean that the worst off families are experiencing the greatest decline in percentage income, Holyrood's Health…
A charity has had to suspend the awarding of grants to low-income families in Wales as it waits for delayed funding from the Welsh government. The Family Fund, which relies almost totally on government grants, has said that over 500 families have been waiting for at least six weeks to…
Almost a third of children in Scotland are living in households which have almost no wealth, according to new analysis of a UK-wide survey. The Wealth and Assets Survey 2008-10 shows that 30% of children in Scotland live in households which do not own property, have an occupational pension or…
The attainment gap between children from poorer families and their better off peers begins before they reach school age and continues to widen throughout their education, a new report has highlighted. Children from richer backgrounds "significantly outperform" those from more deprived backgrounds between the ages of three and five, while…
A charity that helps Welsh families with young children says almost half the parents referred to it have “serious hidden problems”. New data from Home-Start reveals almost half (49%) of those referred to it are dealing with mental health problems and 48% have difficulties managing the behaviour of their children.…
The rise of food banks is the result of "poor people maximising their economic opportunities" and has not been caused by tougher rules over benefit payments, a senior UK Government civil servant has told MSPs. Neil Couling, work services director at the Department for Work and Pensions, also told Holyrood's…