Saturday, June 23, 2018

‘Scandal’ of mentally ill rough sleepers left to die on London’s streets

Research shows a substantial rise in number of rough sleepers with mental health issues who have died on London's streets.

Homeless lack specialist counselling services, says charity

Nearly 9 in 10 homeless people have experienced serious mental health issues, according to a new report.

MP demands answers on ‘shambolic’ universal credit roll-out

Damning NAO report exposed numerous failings and confirmed the flagship welfare reform causes poverty and hardship.

More than 100,000 trapped on social housing waiting lists for over a decade

Calls for the Government to prioritise the building of homes for social rent in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.

Universal credit tips poor into hardship, says charity

Joseph Rowntree Foundation says cuts, debts and housing costs push poor over the edge.

MSP hails ‘watershed moment in fight against period poverty’

Free sanitary products for women on low incomes to be rolled out across Scotland.

Thousands of Scottish families to benefit from new £100 school clothing grant

"This is great news for the thousands of families who struggle to meet the costs of school clothing", say child poverty campaigners.

Huge rise in food redistribution to people in need across UK

Charity FareShare is feeding three quarters of a million people a week with food that would otherwise go to waste – a 60% rise since last year.

Hundreds of deaths of homeless people ‘going unexamined’

Reviews to find if deaths in England and Wales could be prevented ‘are not being used’.

Universal Credit causing a ‘hostile environment’ for thousands of families

Unite will be holding a 'National Day of Action against Universal Credit' on Thursday 24 May.

Benefit sanctions found to be ineffective and damaging

Study concludes that punishing claimants triggers profoundly negative outcomes.

Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales

The Guardian finds over 50 local authorities with PSPOs in place prohibiting begging and loitering.

Hundreds hidden from Northern Ireland’s homeless figures

Almost 600 adults and children were allegedly removed from the March homeless figures.

‘Universal Credit must be scrapped’, says union

CWU condemn "cruel, heartless and uncaring attitude towards vulnerable people".

Most DWP staff think universal credit roll-out should be halted

Channel 4 Dispatches documentary exposes the misery caused by universal credit, including a young disabled mother who attempted suicide.

One million children with working parents pushed into poverty since 2010

TUC report blames public sector pay restraints and cruel cuts to social security benefits.

Victorian diseases savage Britain as thousands are pushed to foodbanks

Thousands admitted to hospital for medical conditions linked to malnutrition.

‘Benefit levels must keep pace with rising cost of essentials’ – Trussell Trust

Universal Credit blamed for record numbers of people turning to foodbanks.

‘Warm Home Discount traps low-income households on worse energy deals’

Scheme discourages some low-income households from switching energy suppliers, says think tank.

Call to end benefits freeze as record numbers turn to foodbanks

"There should be no higher priority than ensuring all UK families can afford to put food on the table when their children are hungry.”

More than a third of low-income parents skip meals as austerity hits working poor

Poll reveals the "desperate choices low paid families have to make", as UK Government is urged to adopt the "real Living Wage".

140,000 households cannot afford to top up pre-payment energy meters

Citizens Advice calls for urgent action to prevent vulnerable households from being left without light and heating.

Universal Credit: women forced to choose between poverty and abuse

SNP health spokesperson says Universal Credit flaws risk trapping women in abusive relationships.

Disabled people struggle to afford food and heating, study says

Charity says quarter of disabled adults have less than £50 a week left after tax and housing costs.

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