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One in 10 young parents has used food banks and many skip meals because they cannot afford to eat properly, according to a report.Research by the Young Women's Trust suggested young parents with secondary school age children are most likely to receive supplies from food banks.A survey of 4,000 people…
Homeless people are being denied access to public services because they do not have a fixed postal address, according to a report.Citizens Advice said the homeless could have their benefits sanctioned, drop down waiting lists or miss out on offers of housing.The Royal Mail said it was open to the…
New centres aimed at taking rough sleepers off the streets will be set up at 11 locations across England.The £4.8 million Government project will see "rough sleeping hubs" up and running by spring 2019.Meanwhile, Labour said it would create a £100 million scheme to provide emergency accommodation for rough sleepers…
Former boxing champion and professional footballer Curtis Woodhouse has said a huge response to his offer to open his gym to homeless people at Christmas has "restored my faith in the human race".He said he has received more than 15,000 messages since he decided to open up his business in…
The “cruel” two-child benefits cap must be brought to an end in Scotland, Jeremy Corbyn has said.Speaking in Edinburgh at a Christmas lunch attended by people who have experienced poverty, the Labour Party leader described the cap as “inhumane” and said that much more must be done to tackle the…
The Scottish Government has “missed an opportunity” to tackle poverty in its budget for 2019-2020, according to charities.In Holyrood on Wednesday, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced funding of more than £825 million, as part of a total investment in excess of £3 billion, to deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the…
A new payment to help cover the costs of having children has been introduced in Scotland.Families on low incomes can now apply for the Best Start Grant, with applications opening on Monday.It replaces the Sure Start Maternity Grant, which made a one-off payment of £500.The grant will mean that eligible…
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay has been urged to help hard-up families by increasing child benefit payments by £5 a week as part of his budget.Children’s charities, academics, trade unions and religious leaders are among those who have banded together to make the plea ahead of Mr Mackay (pictured) setting out…
The "toxic" Tory Government has been blamed by the SNP for stirring up anti-immigrant feeling in working-class people through a lack of public investment.The party's justice and home affairs spokeswoman Joanna Cherry (pictured) said the Conservative administration had "created a great deal of poverty" through its policies.She said: "I notice…
Thousands of vulnerable young people will be homeless or at risk of homelessness in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a charity has said.Centrepoint said 18,000 young people aged 16-25 in the UK are currently or under threat of sleeping rough, and warned that homelessness is not always visible.The charity…
Members of the public will be able to use their contactless payment cards to donate £3 to help tackle the "shameful" fact that almost 8,000 people are sleeping rough on London's streets this winter, the city's mayor said.More than 90 contactless points will be placed in cafes, cinemas, bars and…
Four women bringing a High Court challenge over the Government's Universal Credit scheme say they are struggling financially because of the way the system operates.The women, who are all working single mothers, argue a "fundamental problem" with the controversial welfare scheme means their monthly payments vary "enormously" and they end…
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