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Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
Poverty is having a devastating impact on children's health, with parents diluting milk, skimping on food and youngsters living in damp, cold housing, paediatricians say. A new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), based on a survey with 250…
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…
Major changes to the benefits system coming into force on Thursday will condemn hundreds of thousands more children to poverty, charities have warned. The Children's Society called on the Government to think again over imposing a new "two-child limit" on Universal Credit and child tax credit as the move will…
At least £3 billion in child maintenance payments ordered by the old Child Support Agency (CSA) may never be paid, the Whitehall spending watchdog has disclosed. The National Audit Office (NAO) said three-quarters of the £4 billion in outstanding payments still owed by absent parents - some dating back more…
Scottish ministers appear to have rejected calls to increase child benefit, saying such a move would see less than a third of the money spent go to families struggling with poverty. Social Security Secretary Angela Constance said if the payments are "topped up" by the Scottish Government, £7 out of…
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…
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