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Dozens of organisations have signed a letter calling on Scotland's political leaders to "urgently scale up" action to tackle poverty. In the open letter to party leaders, 37 organisations said there has been a failure to adequately address economic inequality, with one in five people in the country living in…
Holyrood's four opposition parties have united in a bid to force the Scottish Government to take tougher action on fuel poverty. Tory housing spokesman Graham Simpson, Labour's Alex Rowley, who speaks on communities, Green energy spokesman Mark Ruskell and his Liberal Democrat counterpart Liam McArthur have sent a joint letter…
Almost one in four people over the age of 65 are struggling financially, showing there is no end to "pensioner poverty", a new report claims. Age UK said despite so many older people having money problems, around £3.5 billion in financial help was going unclaimed every year in benefits, including…
Conservative plans to means-test the winter fuel allowance for pensioners could lead to almost 4,000 more deaths this winter, Labour has claimed. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the Tory programme - including scrapping the pensions "triple lock" and changes to social care - represented "the single biggest attack on pensioners…
Wealthy pensioners will lose up to £300 in winter fuel payments and more elderly people could be forced to pay to be looked after in their own homes under Theresa May's plans to tackle the social care funding crisis. The Tory manifesto launched on Thursday will offer protection from the…
A third of disabled people have cut back on their energy consumption over the last year to afford their bills, a charity said. A survey of working-age disabled people found 32% reduced how much energy they use and 29% have struggled to pay their bills in the last 12 months,…
Almost half of people referred to foodbanks are at risk of going cold as well as hungry this winter, a new study reveals. People on pre-payment meters are particularly at risk of having to choose between heating or eating, said the Trussell Trust. A survey of its more than 400…
The problem of fuel poverty will not be solved in the lifetime of a child born today on current rates of progress, campaigners have warned. National Energy Action (NEA) is calling on the Government to invest more in energy efficiency and urgently improve conditions in privately rented properties to help…
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