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Ministers were accused of being in "absolute denial" over their flagship benefit scheme after Esther McVey hailed it for showcasing "British innovation". The Work and Pensions Secretary gave a ministerial statement to the Commons to defend Universal Credit (UC) and read out positive stories and data as she addressed a…
Parents could face having to find hundreds of pounds upfront for childcare under the controversial Universal Credit scheme, according to a charity. Save the Children has warned there is a risk that the new benefits system will put mothers and father off taking up a new job, or push families…
Many adults with mental health problems could find themselves significantly more likely to end up in poverty than those without longstanding health issues, a report suggests. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said that among 25 to 54-year-olds, 28% of those with a longstanding health problem and 40% of those…
Scotland would face "austerity until doomsday" if the country became independent, former prime minister Gordon Brown has said. He issued the warning as he called for politicians north and south of the border to increase investment in the National Health Service, saying it needed an injection of new cash similar…
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been urged to set up an emergency hardship fund to help people facing destitution as a result of the Windrush scandal. MPs said those left with financial problems through no fault of their own cannot wait months for compensation. On Wednesday the Commons Home Affairs…
Half of Scots believe that poorer health is a result of an unjust society, according to findings published by the Scottish Centre for Social Research. The report ‘Scottish Social Attitudes - Public Attitudes to Inequality’, commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, reveals the extent to which people are aware of existing…
Homelessness in Britain could be eradicated within 10 years with the correct measures in place, according to a report. Government policies needed to end homelessness have been set out in a report by charity Crisis called Everybody In: How To End Homelessness In Great Britain. The plan has been endorsed…
Informal carers' energy bills are on average £176 higher than other bill payers and almost four in 10 struggle to pay them, a survey suggests. Some 38% of informal carers - those who give regular, ongoing help to another person without payment - have struggled to pay their energy bills…
Summer holidays are "exceptionally difficult" for children in many low-income families and can have a detrimental impact on their health and learning, new research suggests. The study found children's health may be put at risk through isolation, extended periods of inactivity and malnourishment, as many lose access to free school…
The Government is being urged to reform the social security system after a new study revealed that 1.5 million people are "destitute". Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that people classed as destitute often went without food, heating or lighting in their home and had sometimes slept rough.…
More than 160,000 people are "trapped" in debt because they cannot afford to pay for their social care, according to a new study. Freedom of Information requests submitted by the GMB union to every local authority in Britain with responsibility for social care revealed that almost 1,200 people have been…
Rapper Big Narstie has hit out at a shortfall in mental health care, claiming it is leading to a generation of youngsters being forced into crime. The musician, 32, acts as an agony uncle for young people through his alter ego, Uncle Pain, on YouTube and is to release a…
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