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Teenage girls from deprived areas are at a greater risk of suffering from violence than those from more affluent communities, research suggests. This is because they feel distrusted by their "strict" parents and then put themselves in situations where they could fall victim to violence. Girls from poorer backgrounds are…
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised for comments suggesting that the rise in the number of foodbanks was "rather uplifting", it is reported. The backbencher was challenged during an interview on LBC over the growth in foodbanks under the Conservative Government. He said it had happened because of a…
A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a new report. A major survey by more than 80 organisations found 79% of respondents said their assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) had made…
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…
Britain's record on disability rights has been strongly criticised by the UN. The organisation's Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) expressed serious concern about higher levels of poverty among the disabled, an increase in hate speech and bullying, and the number of people institutionalised in the UK.…
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…
A senior MP has called for an urgent review of assessments for disability benefits, amid warnings people are having their payments withdrawn incorrectly and are being forced to use food banks. Frank Field, chairman of the Work and Pensions select committee, has written to ministers saying the current process fails…
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