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One in 50 Citizens Advice Bureau Scotland clients have said they do not have enough money to buy food, according to new figures. The organisation said that between January and March this year 1,311 new food parcel issues were recorded. It said that this suggests that its bureaux advise on…
Almost 1.75 million of the poorest families in the UK have been made poorer by a "perfect storm" of changes to the welfare system over the last three years, a new Oxfam report claims. The families have been hit by one or more changes including fewer council tax exemptions and…
People in Glasgow have the worst life expectancy in the whole of Britain, figures show. As Glaswegians prepare to welcome some of the world's most elite athletes to their city, the state of local people's health has once again been thrust into the spotlight after a new report revealed that…
Almost a million adults and children received emergency supplies from food banks in the past year, a "shocking" rise of 163% on the previous 12 months amid rising living costs, low pay and welfare problems, a new report has revealed. The Trussell Trust said rising numbers were turning to food…
Poorer people who suffer from strokes are more likely to receive a sub-standard level of care, a new study suggests. Patients from more deprived areas are less likely to be admitted to hospital, less likely to be given a key test once in hospital and less likely to be given…
Around 15 million people are "living on the edge" despite the improving economy, a report by a debt charity has warned. Stepchange said that these people are either falling behind on bills or are trying to plug gaps in their income by using credit to pay for essential outgoings. It…
London was the location for a new campaign to gauge public reaction to an offensive banner highlighting the issue of poverty. The controversial ‘F*** The Poor’ campaign, was organised by The Pilion Trust, a charity which helps some of the poorest and most vulnerable in society. The Trust conducted the…
More nursery education should be carried out in schools to prepare children better for later education and help bridge the gap between rich and poor, the chief inspector of schools has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that too many early years education providers are failing to teach youngsters "social, emotional…
Poorer families are facing year-on-year cuts in the safety net following changes to Council Tax Support, says Sabrina Bushe. New research by the New Policy Institute for JRF shows that around 650,000 families face an additional reduction in their council tax relief – effectively a rise in council tax –…
There are still "significant challenges" to overcome in tackling Scotland's "stubbornly persistent" health inequalities, doctors' leaders have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) in Scotland is calling for integrated action to be taken in a bid to reduce the gap that exists between the health of those living in the…
Monday, 24 Mar, 2014

New Book: Poverty in Scotland

In a year in which Scotland’s constitutional future is to be decided, this latest in the Poverty in Scotland series provides an indispensable overview of the poverty and anti-poverty policies that form an increasingly important backdrop to the wider independence debate. In a comprehensive, yet accessible, account of the state…
Flip Chart Fairy Tales is a blog written by Rick - HR manager, project manager and business consultant. The blog charts Ricks' "reflections on business, the world of work and the general organisational crap that we all have to put up with in the course of our employment." The working…