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The country's five richest families are wealthier than the poorest 20% of the population, a leading charity has revealed. A report by Oxfam showed that, at £28.2 billion, the combined wealth of the top five billionaires and their families is more than the £28.1 billion of the 12.6 million people…
The growing demand for foodbanks is "inextricably linked" to welfare reforms, charities have told MSPs. Holyrood's Welfare Reform Committee heard how thousands more people have turned to voluntary organisations for emergency food parcels, following changes to the benefits system which were introduced by the UK Government in April 2013. Those…
Scotland is facing a "humanitarian crisis" caused by poverty, according to a coalition of charities. The group estimated that more than 870,000 people are living in poverty as it launched a new appeal to raise awareness of the problem. The Scotland's Outlook campaign said a fifth of children are living…
Information on the numbers of children referred to and assessed by children's social services for the year ending March 2013. The ‘Characteristics of Children in Need’ publication contains figures on the numbers of children referred to and assessed by children’s social services. It includes information on: the characteristics of children…
Charities have welcomed £9.2 million of Scottish Government grants given to people in need but noted a significant underspend in the scheme and a high number of refusals. More than 35,000 households have been helped by the Scottish Welfare Fund during its first six months of operation, official figures show.…
The first community projects to benefit from an £80 million Stormont fund to tackle deprivation have been announced - almost three years after the initiative was launched. First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have revealed where the first £33 million of the Social Investment Fund (SIF)…
Patients from less affluent backgrounds have a greater chance of dying from a form of chronic blood cancer than those from more affluent areas, according to a comprehensive study carried out by researchers at the University of York. For the 500 people diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) each year…
Charities have called for urgent action to tackle poverty after visits to foodbanks in one part of Scotland rose by more than 50% last month. There were 358 visits to Foodshare's three outlets in West Dunbartonshire in January - up from 237 in December 2013 - an increase of 51%.…
Scotland must get to grips with poverty among workless families if it is to reduce child poverty, according to a new report by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The analysis, the first in a series published before the Scottish independence vote, found child poverty in Scotland…
Child poverty in Scotland fell by almost twice the level in England over a decade, new analysis in the run-up to the independence referendum has shown. The proportion of children in poverty dropped 10 percentage points in the decade to 2011/12, compared with six percentage points in England, according to…
This paper provides a summary of findings from a report which describes the collection and analysis of new data for a number of theories that have been proposed to explain Glasgow’s ‘excess’ mortality. This ‘excess’ is defined as the higher levels of mortality experienced in Scotland compared with other parts…
New research published today by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows the number of households living on incomes below the level needed to afford an adequate standard of living has increased by a fifth (900,000) in three years. Among the 20 million households whose minimum needs are calculated in the…