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A Government scheme to give working parents 30 hours of free childcare a week could widen the education gap between rich and poor, according to a new report. Research published by the Sutton Trust suggests the offer is being implemented at the expense of quality early years education for disadvantaged…
Social workers are being urged to contribute their experiences of practising in an age of austerity for a new study. The research by University of Wolverhampton and supported by BASW aims to gain a deeper understanding of how reduced funding has impacted on the work of front line practitioners. Similar…
Teenage girls from deprived areas are at a greater risk of suffering from violence than those from more affluent communities, research suggests. This is because they feel distrusted by their "strict" parents and then put themselves in situations where they could fall victim to violence. Girls from poorer backgrounds are…
Dozens of organisations have signed a letter calling on Scotland's political leaders to "urgently scale up" action to tackle poverty. In the open letter to party leaders, 37 organisations said there has been a failure to adequately address economic inequality, with one in five people in the country living in…
The rise in youngsters living in poverty should "shock" the Scottish Government into increasing child benefit payments to families, Kezia Dugdale said. The Scottish Labour leader spoke out after the Catholic Church became the latest organisation to back a £5 a week rise in the amount families receive. Her party…
Half of children receiving supplies from foodbanks are aged between five and eleven, new research has revealed. The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 420 foodbanks, said its study showed how close to crisis many families are living. There were over 67,500 three-day emergency food supplies given to children in…
Children going hungry in the school holiday is a "significant human rights issue for Scotland", the Scottish commissioner for children and young people has said. Bruce Adamson called on the Scottish and UK Governments to gather accurate data on the extent of the problem. Ahead of a visit to a…
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…
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