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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,…
Proposals to reduce homelessness will "simply be words on a piece of paper" if the Government fails to offer enough cash to councils, Labour has said. MPs are expected to approve Conservative Bob Blackman's Homelessness Reduction Bill, which requires local authorities to do more to prevent people from becoming homeless…
Child health in Scotland is amongst the poorest in western Europe, according to a major study. Experts are calling for more action to tackle smoking, obesity and child mortality, as they say poverty is the main cause of poor health. The State of Child Health - Scotland report found more…
Rough sleepers are at risk of falling victim to modern slavery, a report has warned. Homeless people were found to be vulnerable to rogue employers offering work and accommodation - only to be left exploited in appalling conditions. Kevin Hyland, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, commissioned a study to explore the…
An alarming gap between rich and poor is leaving the health and well-being of the UK's children in jeopardy, according to a major report by child health experts. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) urges the Government to introduce a comprehensive national strategy and reverse cuts to…
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