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Hidden homelessness could be almost 10 times worse than official figures suggest with an estimated 51,500 people living in bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), according to a new report. Homeless charity Justlife warns households are living in "modern-day slums" after slipping through the cracks in the system. The organisation says the…
A record number of emergency supplies were handed out by food banks in the past year, research has revealed. The Trussell Trust said its network distributed more than 1.3 million three-day food supplies in the year to March, a 13% increase on the previous 12 months. Almost half a million…
Families have lost a High Court challenge against the Government's two-child rule for payment of tax credits and universal credit. A judge in London ruled on Friday that the policy was "compatible" with human rights laws. But campaigners welcomed Mr Justice Ouseley's declaration that a provision in regulations relating to…
More than one in three working parents cannot afford to have regular meals, showing the "desperate choices" low paid families have to make, according to a new study. Research by the Living Wage Foundation showed that parents on low incomes regularly skip meals. A survey of 1,000 adults found that…
Around 140,000 British households have been left without gas or electricity in the last year because they cannot afford to top up their prepayment energy meter, a charity has found. Citizens Advice said the vast majority of these households - around 120,000 - included people who could be vulnerable, such…
Welfare reforms are contributing to homelessness among 16 to 24-year-olds by affecting their ability to access and sustain housing, a charity has warned. According to a survey by Homeless Link, a charity that works with rough sleepers, 92% of respondents identified delayed Universal Credit payments as having an impact on…
MPs have launched a fresh inquiry into benefit sanctions amid warnings of troubling cases and extreme harm being caused to disabled people. The Work and Pensions select committee will analyse the whole system where benefit payments are docked for a set period of time. The committee will also analyse the…
More and more homeless people are becoming trapped in temporary accommodation such as B&Bs as councils fail to provide enough affordable, stable homes, a new report said. Seven out of 10 local councils in England surveyed by Crisis struggle to find stable social housing for homeless people in their area,…
Thousands of Universal Credit claimants are having 40% of their benefit deducted to pay back outstanding debts. Labour MP Ruth George said the high level of deductions from payments "will see more people with no option but to go into debt". The Department for Work and Pensions said there were…
The Scottish Government has given £2m funding through Every Child, Every Chance, its Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-22, to Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) - an innovative collaboration between Policy Scotland and What Works Scotland at the University of Glasgow and GCPH (Glasgow Centre for Population Health) at the Social…
Sixty Church of England bishops as well as senior figures from other Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups have united to urge the Government to rethink its controversial benefits cap on families with more than two children. Parents can claim child tax credits or Universal Credit for only their first two…
Discretionary welfare payments are being "hacked away", a senior MP has claimed, after new figures showed more than £300 million has been axed from two major benefits funds. Fresh analysis shows the scale of cutbacks to the discretionary social fund and flexible support fund, which can be awarded to poor…