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Charities have reacted strongly to a report from a think-tank which suggests parents of young children should only receive child benefit if they enrol them in "quality pre-school education". Bright Blue, which describes itself as an independent think-tank and pressure group for liberal conservatism, said even if parents are caring…
Scotland's former chief medical officer is expected to outline "the hidden costs of austerity" at the Scottish Green conference in Glasgow today. Sir Harry Burns will share a platform with food blogger and anti-poverty campaign Jack Monroe and MSPs Alison Johnstone and John Wilson at the second day of the…
The Scottish Parliament can and must do more to challenge extreme economic inequality in order to reduce poverty in Scotland and around the world, according to a major new policy report by Oxfam Scotland. The report, "Even It Up: Scotland's Role in Tackling Poverty by Reducing Inequality at Home and…
Labour will "hound" Iain Duncan Smith over welfare reforms, the new shadow work and pensions secretary has promised. Owen Smith also said he would ask "tougher questions" of landmark pension reforms passed under the coalition. And in an apparent dig at former interim leader Harriet Harman, Mr Smith (pictured) said…
New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn lived up to his campaign pledge of "a new kind of politics" by crowd-sourcing his first appearance at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Appearing opposite David Cameron for the first time at the despatch box, the Islington North MP told the Prime…
George Osborne's flagship proposals to cut tax credits have been approved by MPs, amid warnings help must be offered to the poorest working families. The Government saw off a potential rebellion by 325 votes to 290, majority 35. Labour attacked the proposals, introduced in the Chancellor's summer Budget, as "shameful"…
Legislation for new Holyrood powers still falls short of recommendations made by the cross-party backed Smith Commission, according to a Scottish Parliament committee. The Devolution Committee has written to Scottish Secretary David Mundell to set out how the Scotland Bill can be amended to meet all of the commission's recommendations.…
People with multiple sclerosis who claim disability benefits are finding that controversial assessments are causing their condition to deteriorate or relapse, a charity has warned. The MS Society said nearly half (48%) of those questioned who had an assessment for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) felt it was of harm to…
Almost a third of Scots with multiple sclerosis (MS) have been forced to cut their spending on basic essentials because of changes to disability benefits, a report has found. The study by the MS Society in Scotland found that 30% of people with the condition have had to reduce spending…
An action plan to help social workers fight against austerity measures is to be drawn up by the International Federation of Social Workers. The move was announced by Secretary-General Rory Truell at the International Federation of Social Workers’ European Conference in Edinburgh earlier this week. Dr Truell said the action…
Working families and young people in Wales are at greater risk of poverty now than they were ten years ago, new research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and New Policy Institute (NPI) has revealed. The new report, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Wales 2015 finds that 23 per…
The jobs market is at its least optimistic for three years, as plans for a new national living wage send "shockwaves" across the country, according to a new report. Employment group Manpower said job prospects were "dwindling" in the run up to Christmas after months of growth. A survey of…