Saturday, May 25, 2019

Poverty

Government Cannot Deny ‘Growing Scandal Of In-Work Poverty’, Say Unite

Unite renewed calls for an immediate increase to the national minimum wage to tackle in-work poverty, following publication of a Living Wage Commission report.

UK Poor Among Worst Off In Europe

The SNP is today highlighting analysis from a think tank which finds the lowest income 20 per cent of British households are among the poorest in Western Europe

Pensioners Call For £62 Rise In Weekly State Pension To Combat Poverty Among Older People

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) will call for the state pension to increase from £113 a week to £175, in a bid to help lift older people out of poverty.

£15 Million To Support Scotland’s Disadvantaged Children And Families

Thousands of Scotland’s most disadvantaged children, young people and families are set to benefit from £15 million new funding over the next year, Aileen Campbell has announced.

Government Might ‘Shut You Down’ If You Continue Criticising Welfare Cuts, Food Bank Charity Told

Trussell Trust told to think more carefully about speaking out against government figures and welfare cuts, otherwise “the government might try to shut you down”.

Benefit Sanctions Blamed For 54% Surge In Food Bank Demand As 20 Million Meals Given To Poorest In 2013

Big rise in UK food poverty sees 20m meals given out in last year

Increase in usage comes from poor in affluent areas due to rise in food prices while disposable income fell, says charity report

Child poverty commission points to 'credibility gap' at heart of the government's child poverty strategy

Critics say spikes treat homeless 'like pigeons' as residents fear short ground spikes at doorway are to deter rough sleepers

£500,000 Emergency Food Bank Fund Opens In Scotland

Charities and food aid organisations can apply to the fund for help in addressing the issue of malnutrition and food poverty in communities across Scotland.

UK Government ‘In Denial’ Over Food Banks And Welfare Reforms, Say MSPs

Michael McMahon MSP: The UK Government can no longer ignore the evidence that their welfare reforms are having a real impact on people's ability to feed themselves.

Child Poverty Could Rise To FIVE Million By 2020

Save the Children say that the number of children living in relative poverty is set to soar by 1.4 million between now and 2020.

All-party parliamentary inquiry, co-chaired by Labour's Frank Field, finds evidence behind growth in food banks

Homelessness At ‘Historically High Levels’ And Could Get Worse, Warns Landmark Study

The study warns that a dwindling social housing stock in Northern Ireland and reforms to welfare benefits risks 'pushing more people into increased financial hardship and homelessness'.

Unfair Benefit Sanctions Causing “Significant Levels Of Hardship”, Say Housing Federation

The UK is becoming an "unsympathetic and uncaring state", say The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA).
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Welfare Cuts Leading To Rise In “Poverty Crime” – Video

Coalition welfare cuts are pushing previously law abiding citizens into "poverty crime", with the number of people stealing food from stores at a nine year high.

160,000 Poor Kids Missing Out On Free School Meals

Over 160,000 children from poorer families are not receiving the free school means they are entitled to as parents are failing to claim, it has been revealed.

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