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People are sleeping rough in barns and outhouses as a hidden homelessness crisis hits rural areas, an influential think tank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warned that it is particularly hard to prevent or relieve homelessness in the countryside because of the difficulties in covering larger…
Labour has put further pressure on the Government's benefit cap after new figures showed around 20,000 families were affected by a policy ruled unlawful by the High Court. New analysis from the Department for Work and Pensions shows 19,700 households affected by the benefit cap were single parents with children…
Benefit claimants are being asked their views on new legislation that will establish Scotland's first welfare system. The Social Security Bill introduced last week will give ministers the power to deliver 11 benefits devolved under the Scotland Act 2016, including disability living allowance, winter fuel payment and the carer's allowance.…
A spike in cancer patients seeking help with money worries has been reported by a charity. Macmillan Cancer Support said its helpline had 4,546 calls in 2016 from people needing guidance on matters such as banking, mortgages, pensions and insurance. This was an increase from just over 2,000 calls received…
UK Government welfare cuts are expected to reduce annual social security spending in Scotland by almost £4 billion by 2020/21, according to a new report. The Scottish Government's update on the impacts of reforms made since 2010 said about £0.9 billion of the cut was due to measures announced by…
A third of people with long-term conditions such as asthma and arthritis who pay for prescriptions have not picked up their medicines due to the cost, research suggests. A poll of 4,200 people with long-term conditions who pay for medicines also found that 30% sometimes skip or reduce their recommended…
Four out of five people referred to foodbanks have skipped meals and gone without eating, sometimes for days at a time, a major new study has revealed. Research commissioned by the Trussell Trust showed that half of people using foodbanks said their incomes were "unsteady" from week to week. In…
Tackling poverty and inequality should be priorities in developing Scotland's city deals, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has said. The charity has urged the UK and Scottish governments to work with city leaders and businesses to ensure more people benefit from economic growth. JRF said progress was crucial with just…
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