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A cleaner who stole more than £53,000 in relief funds intended for the victims of the Grenfell fire has been jailed for three years and two months. Antonio Gouveia (pictured) claimed for 289 days at a £155 a night hotel, as well as cash handouts and food allowances, by claiming…
The Prime Minister has been accused of "abandoning" promises she made to help working families after new research revealed that households have been pushed £1,250 into the red since her arrival in Downing Street. The TUC criticised Theresa May's promise to help so-called just-about-managing families, saying they had been pushed…
Unsuitable accommodation is exacerbating the conditions of social housing tenants with pre-existing mental health problems, according to new research. Mental health charity Mind found that the difficulties those with mental illnesses face navigating the social housing system are hindering their recovery or worsening their conditions. The charity surveyed 2,009 people…
Demand for help with debts is expected to reach a five-year high across 2018 as people increasingly find themselves struggling with everyday household bills, according to a charity. National Debtline, which is run by the Money Advice Trust (MAT), predicts it will have received 189,000 calls by the end of…
Four in 10 people have less than £6.60 per day left over for themselves after spending on essential bills, a report has found. A survey from Nationwide Building Society said 41% of people have less than £6.60 left over. Across the UK, the average amount of cash people have left…
People living in Scotland’s poorest areas have double the rate of illness or early death than those in the wealthiest parts, an NHS study has found. The new research highlights “stark inequalities” between the health of those living in the most and least deprived areas. In the poorest areas those…
Private renters in England have a "toss of a coin" chance of facing eviction if they complain their home is not up to scratch, Citizens Advice has found. This is despite measures introduced three years ago to stamp out "revenge evictions". Citizens Advice found that private renters who formally complain…
Five of England's leading letting agents are discriminating against tenants on housing benefit, a report has claimed. Homelessness charity Shelter and the National Housing Federation said their undercover investigation of 149 regional letting agent branches found one in 10 had a policy not to let to anyone on housing benefit,…
Couples raising two children while working full-time on the minimum wage are falling £49 a week short of being able to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research has found. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called for an increase in the so-called national living wage to allow…
Lack of action to tackle child poverty is creating "a generation of invisible boys and girls", according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. He accused both the Scottish and UK governments of ignoring what he described as "a national disgrace", and called for increases in welfare payments to address the…
The Government has committed no new money to pay for its flagship £100 million fund to eradicate rough sleeping within the decade, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has admitted. The fund was welcomed by homelessness charities as a significant step towards helping the estimated 4,751 people sleeping rough on English streets…
Theresa May has declared her aim to help homeless people "turn their lives around" as the Government launched a £100 million plan to end rough sleeping on England's streets. The strategy was welcomed by homelessness charities, who said it was a significant step towards meeting the Conservative manifesto commitment to…
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