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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…
Plans to close more than 20 Jobcentres in Scotland will heap stress on some of the most vulnerable, employability minister Jamie Hepburn has said. He was speaking in advance of meeting UK employment minister Damian Hinds in London to raise concerns about the proposals face-to-face for a second time. The…
Millions of families who are "just about managing" are on the tipping point of falling into poverty, a new report warns. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said the number of people living below an adequate standard of living had increased by four million to 19 million over the past six years.…
Some ethnic groups are being unintentionally excluded from using food banks and other community food aid, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of York looked at how 67 food aid providers work in Bradford, West Yorkshire - a city which is nearly 25% Muslim. But the team…
Poverty should be regarded as a major risk factor for premature death, scientists have concluded after analysing data on 1.7 million people. The study is the first to compare the impact of low socio-economic status with other threats to health such as lack of exercise, smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure,…
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