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The charity which runs hundreds of foodbanks is expecting December to be its busiest month ever.The Trussell Trust said its network of over 400 foodbanks provided almost 160,000 three-day emergency food supplies in December last year, a 49% increase for the monthly average for the 2017/18 financial year.The figure was…
Cash transfers should be given to Scotland’s poorest families to help them cope during the school holidays, a poverty commission has recommended.A report from the Poverty and Inequality Commission highlighted low income families face a number of pressures during holiday periods, ranging from food insecurity to a lack of opportunities…
A "perfect storm" of stagnating wages and benefits cuts has led to the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in the England widening, according to new research.A new study, published on Thursday evening, also found that life expectancy for the country's poorest women has fallen by three…
People lost their home every 18 minutes in Scotland last year, according to a new study.Figures published by Shelter Scotland indicate 43,000 people, including children, became homeless in 2017.The analysis follows a report by Shelter Scotland that homelessness applications rose in the country for the first time in nine years…
Fresh concerns about the roll-out of controversial Universal Credit (UC) welfare reforms have been voiced by MPs.The Commons Work and Pensions Committee said readiness tests must be set before the next pilot phase of the "managed migration" of transferring existing benefits claimants onto UC begins.The report said that "major areas…
Families on low incomes can apply for a new pregnancy and baby grant from December 10, the Scottish Government has announced.The first payments for the new Best Start Grant will be made before Christmas and eligible applicants will be given £600 to help with their first child.It is £100 more…
Universal Credit waiting times have "plunged people into misery and despair", according to a United Nations envoy.Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said on Friday the introduction of Universal Credit has caused extreme hardship but could easily be reversed by the Government.He claimed…
Campaigners have called for more action to be taken to help the one million people in Scotland living in poverty.The Poverty Alliance said that 230,000 children are included in the one-million figure.Scotland is the only part of the UK with targets for reducing poverty after the Child Poverty Act was…
Problems with Universal Credit are driving an increase in the number of emergency supplies handed out at food banks, new figures reveal.The Trussell Trust said its network provided 658,048 supplies between April and September, a 13% increase on the same period a year ago.The charity said that if the five-week…
Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on inequalities among asthma patients states that children growing up in homes with mould are up to three times…
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more. Since the Scottish Welfare Fund was set up by ministers…
Jeremy Corbyn criticised Philip Hammond for delivering a "broken promise Budget" as he insisted austerity needs to end because it has failed. The Labour leader said eight years of austerity has "damaged our economy" and delayed the recovery, adding the Government has not abandoned the policy despite the Chancellor's latest…
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