Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Poverty

Over one million on Universal Credit have money deducted to repay debts

Government urged to make Universal Credit advance payments non-repayable.

Foodbank use in Scotland triples in seven years

The number of food parcels handed out by Trussell Trust has tripled in just seven years.

Scrap benefit sanctions for Christmas and for good, say SNP

SNP say the "punitive" benefit sanctions regime is "punishing the poor" and should be scrapped.

Jacob Rees-Mogg under fire after accusing Unicef of ‘playing politics’ by offering to feed hungry UK children

Tory grandeur described the announcement as “a political stunt of the lowest order”.

1 in 5 UK children may not get a Christmas present this year

"Our government has a duty to provide an inclusive economy for all, which includes reforming and fixing our social security system."

Rough sleeping crisis ‘just the tip of the iceberg’ of poverty and destitution, warn Labour

Boris Johnson urged to tackle a looming crisis in rough sleeping this Christmas.

Our social security system is broken and foodbanks are increasingly expected to pick up the pieces

"A charitable food aid system is being further embedded with every week that passes", says charity.

Majority say £20 Universal Credit boost should be permanent as half a million UK children languish in extreme poverty

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has so far refused to commit to extending the £20 a week uplift beyond April.

Nearly half of foodbank users have money deducted from their benefits

Struggling families hit by benefit deductions to repay Government loans.

Tory failure as nearly 700,000 are plunged into poverty despite Covid income protections

UK Government urged to come forward with "a comprehensive anti-poverty strategy".

SNP Conference: £100 Million ‘winter fund’ to help low-income households

Pledge includes a £100 payment for families of children in receipt of free school meals.

SNP Conference: Free year-round breakfasts and lunches for all primary school students

SNP unveil plan to provide free breakfasts and lunches for all primary school kids in Scotland.

Tory cuts will leave millions of families ‘permanently worse off’, says think tank

Fifteen-year income squeeze could leave families £1,200 a year worse off by 2025.

Government ‘neglect’ pushing unpaid carers into poverty, exhaustion and total despair

'Exhausted' unpaid family carers demand better support from the social care system.

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