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A third of Scots have been left unable to afford food at some point in the last year, a survey has revealed. Research for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found 33% of people had gone without food at least once in the previous 12 months because of a lack of cash.…
More than one in 10 people in the UK live in "persistent poverty", according to a report that takes a fresh look at the way financial hardship is measured. A major study by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) found that 7.7 million people, 12.1% of the UK population, have spent…
Public services face a fresh round of austerity cuts within two years, according to a think tank. Vital areas that do not have spending protections are in line for real-terms cuts of 2.1% after 2020, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) claimed. Its analysis found prisons, public health and housing are…
People in Scotland’s most deprived neighbourhoods are almost a quarter more likely to die alone at home than others, new research says. The research says those living in the most deprived neighbourhoods are 24% more likely to die alone at home than those in the least deprived areas. Those living…
Every council in Scotland is offering eligible families a grant of at least £100 to help with the cost of school uniforms, officials have confirmed. Council umbrella body Cosla said all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase in school clothing grant payments to the new level while keeping the…
A cleaner who stole more than £53,000 in relief funds intended for the victims of the Grenfell fire has been jailed for three years and two months. Antonio Gouveia (pictured) claimed for 289 days at a £155 a night hotel, as well as cash handouts and food allowances, by claiming…
The Prime Minister has been accused of "abandoning" promises she made to help working families after new research revealed that households have been pushed £1,250 into the red since her arrival in Downing Street. The TUC criticised Theresa May's promise to help so-called just-about-managing families, saying they had been pushed…
Unsuitable accommodation is exacerbating the conditions of social housing tenants with pre-existing mental health problems, according to new research. Mental health charity Mind found that the difficulties those with mental illnesses face navigating the social housing system are hindering their recovery or worsening their conditions. The charity surveyed 2,009 people…
Demand for help with debts is expected to reach a five-year high across 2018 as people increasingly find themselves struggling with everyday household bills, according to a charity. National Debtline, which is run by the Money Advice Trust (MAT), predicts it will have received 189,000 calls by the end of…
Four in 10 people have less than £6.60 per day left over for themselves after spending on essential bills, a report has found. A survey from Nationwide Building Society said 41% of people have less than £6.60 left over. Across the UK, the average amount of cash people have left…
People living in Scotland’s poorest areas have double the rate of illness or early death than those in the wealthiest parts, an NHS study has found. The new research highlights “stark inequalities” between the health of those living in the most and least deprived areas. In the poorest areas those…
Private renters in England have a "toss of a coin" chance of facing eviction if they complain their home is not up to scratch, Citizens Advice has found. This is despite measures introduced three years ago to stamp out "revenge evictions". Citizens Advice found that private renters who formally complain…
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