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Austerity campaigner Charlotte Hughes considers what social workers and other professionals should be be doing to challenge poverty, austerity and stigma... More than a million people in the UK are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry, and this figure is rising…
The tax credits renewal process has been a "catastrophic failure" which caused unnecessary hardship and distress to people, a damning Commons report has found. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) insisted the Government must learn from its mistakes ahead of renewals in 2017 as the 2016 problems were "entirely predictable". The…
More than 7,500 families have had their housing benefit cut to just 50p a week as a result of the Government's benefits cap, according to new figures. Official figures obtained by BBC1's Panorama show that at least 67,600 households have lost benefits in England, Scotland and Wales following the introduction…
New support is to be given to struggling families under a £30 million government programme focused on helping parents to find work. The next phase of the Troubled Families Programme will aim to forge better links between disadvantaged families and Jobcentres. Ministers said there was a "profound" affect on children…
More than a quarter of children are now living in poverty in Scotland. Government statistics show 26% of children in Scotland - approximately 260,000 - were living in relative poverty in 2015/16 after housing costs. It marks a growth of 4% from the previous year, an increase described by charities…
Campaign groups have attacked "truly shocking" new figures showing four million children are affected by poverty. The Children's Society said the situation was "clearly getting worse", estimating that almost a third of children were now living in poverty. The Government said official statistics showed that the percentage of children living…
Charities say they are continuing to see widespread problems with the behaviour of bailiffs towards vulnerable people in financial difficulty, despite a crackdown on the issue. Bodies including StepChange Debt Charity, the Children's Society, Christians Against Poverty, Citizens Advice and the Money Advice Trust (MAT) have compiled evidence of ongoing…
There is overwhelming evidence of a strong link between socio-economic disadvantage and suicidal behaviour, according to a report. The Dying from Inequality report from Samaritans found that areas of higher socio-economic deprivation tend to have higher rates of suicide. The charity is calling on people across society - such as…
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