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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…
Poor children should be given as much high-quality early education and care as possible, a leading expert has said. There is a huge "pay off" for youngsters from disadvantaged homes who get access to early years education, according to Andreas Schleicher. A landmark new study by the Organisation for Economic…
Five Children First pioneer projects will run in Cwm Taf, Gwynedd, Newport, Caerphilly and Carmarthenshire, Communities and Children Secretary, Carl Sargeant has announced. Children First is the name for children’s zones in Wales. Their purpose is to allow the local community and organisations to work together to address the specific…
Jeremy Corbyn has said reducing poverty would be at the heart of his Labour government in his final broadcast interview before polling day. During an interview with the Big Issue, the Labour leader also shared his thoughts on how his cat would deal with life at Downing Street, as well…
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has highlighted her plans to tackle child poverty, as she accused the SNP and Tories of being too focused on division to address the issue. The party's manifesto pledges an increase in the minimum wage and a boost for family benefits. Ms Dugdale branded the…
A senior Scottish Government minister has accused the Conservatives of trying to "sweep child poverty under the carpet". Communities Secretary Angela Constance said the UK Government was trying to hide the problem by scrapping targets to reduce child poverty and said the Scottish Government would use all its powers to…
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…
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