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Couples raising two children while working full-time on the minimum wage are falling £49 a week short of being able to provide their family with a basic, no-frills lifestyle, research has found. The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called for an increase in the so-called national living wage to allow…
Men's welfare campaigners fear an "unconscious bias" is causing police to ignore psychological abuse of vulnerable men by a partner and focus only on female victims. The comments came after it emerged that in the first year since a law against engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour in an intimate…
A woman who wants to divorce her husband of 40 years because she says their marriage has broken down is "devastated" after losing a Supreme Court fight, a lawyer has said. Five Supreme Court justices have ruled that Tini Owens must stay married to Hugh Owens (pictured). One, Supreme Court…
More than half of homeless families in temporary accommodation are in work, figures show. Some 55% of families are holding down a job despite having nowhere stable to live, research by Shelter's social housing commission has found. It estimated that there are currently around 33,000 "working homeless", which has risen…
Lone parents and their children are going to the UK's highest court in a battle against the Government's controversial benefit cap. Supreme Court justices will hear several challenges over the lawfulness of the measure in cases brought against the Work and Pensions Secretary. Part of the proceedings in London, which…
More than seven million people in the UK are providing unpaid care for family members, a report has said. Almost 15% of adults now give up their time for free to look after relatives, providing an average of 19.5 hours of care per week, independent think-tank Social Market Foundation said.…
Council bosses took legal action after a social worker mislaid a notebook containing sensitive information about families he was working with. Bosses at Derby City Council discovered that Gideon Zeti's notebook had been read by a member of the public who had copied parts of it. They feared that confidential…
The rising cost of transport, childcare and energy has hit people who are struggling to get by, leaving low-income families needing a third more money to make ends meet, according to a new study. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said families on low incomes were facing bigger barriers to meet…
Mandatory job seeking requirements for lone parents claiming benefits negatively affects mental health, researchers have found. Under the lone parent obligations rule, single parents must seek work as a condition of receiving certain welfare benefits once their youngest child reaches a certain age. Since 2008, when entitlement to income support…
Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face training aid or adapted as an online resource and will be made…
A heterosexual couple fighting for the right to have a civil partnership have won a ruling at the UK's highest court that they are being discriminated against. Five Supreme Court justices unanimously allowed an appeal by Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41. They are currently prevented from having a…
Children of armed forces servicemen and women are sometimes being put into foster care when overseas deployments leave them without any suitable family to care for them, a report has found. The Children's Commissioner for England's report into life for the sons and daughters of serving soldiers identifies that while…
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