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The Scottish Government is to use new welfare powers to introduce an income supplement as part of a range of measures to tackle child poverty. Communities Secretary Angela Constance announced the move as she set out the government’s plan for meeting the targets to cut child poverty contained in legislation…
A rough sleeping task force to cut the number of people living on the street is being launched as the Government promised to break the cycle of homelessness. Councils with high levels of rough sleepers will also be given cash from a £30 million fund, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said.…
A Government U-turn on welfare will mean 18 to 21-year-olds are automatically entitled to claim housing benefit again. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey said the change "will reassure all young people that housing support is in place if they need it". Around 10,000 young people would have been hit…
A survey of more than 100 MS nurses by the MS Society reveals the significant pressure being placed on them to assist with benefits claims. Nine in ten (90%) said they provided patients with evidence for benefits applications. Of those, more than half (58%) said they worked outside of working…
Glaswegian rap artist and author of ‘Poverty Safari’ will share his insight into living on the breadline next week when he talks at the University of Dundee. Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, will be giving his insight into the common misgivings about poverty and those who live in it, from 12pm –…
Celebrities will take a back seat on Comic Relief's on-location appeals following complaints about "poverty tourism". The moves comes after an appeal fronted by Ed Sheeran for Comic Relief last year when he visited Liberia was accused of reinforcing white saviour stereotypes. The film won a Radi-Aid award, highlighting fundraising…
Families with children are most likely to rely on food banks, making up half of those who use them, a new study reveals. Seven out of 10 families who receive supplies from food banks run by the Trussell Trust have dependent children, research by Sheffield University's political economy research institute…
The number of households in England in temporary accommodation has increased by nearly two thirds since the start of the decade, Government figures show. On December 31 last year 78,930 households were in temporary accommodation, up 64% from a low of 48,010 on the same date in 2010. The figure…
One million Scots are living in poverty after they have paid their rent or mortgage, new figures have revealed. Scottish Government statistics showed that in 2016-17 1,020,000 individuals were classed as being in relative poverty after housing costs had been taken into consideration. Over the three-year rolling period 2014 to…
Hollywood star Michael Sheen has said working with people struggling on low incomes has been literally "life-changing". The actor spoke on Tuesday as he launched the End High Cost Credit Alliance to provide "fairer alternatives" to mainstream rent-to-own firms and payday lenders. The umbrella group, involving 50 partners, was announced…
An older woman was left in temporary accommodation that was ‘at best shabby, dirty and in disrepair,’ miles away from her GP and social networks because Rother District Council had no temporary accommodation across the whole borough, a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation has found. The woman was…
Many children "will be condemned to start life in poverty" as a result of Government changes to taxes and social security, a major new report has warned. Watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found women, ethnic minorities and disabled people would all be adversely affected as a result…
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