Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Poverty

Anger after Tory MP claims ‘food parcels are sold or traded for drugs’

Another Tory MP claimed school meal vouchers were "effectively" a cash payment to brothels and drug dealers.

PM rejects Marcus Rashford’s petition to extend free school meals – but England star vows to fight on

A defiant Rashford has refused to back down, saying no child should be going hungry.

Benefits ‘scrounger’ narrative is deterring people from claiming support due to Covid

Poverty charity calls for changes to reduce benefits stigma.

New child poverty data reveals the shocking extent of hardship in the UK

"The children affected are on a cliff edge, and the pandemic will only sweep them further into danger."

SNP call for universal basic income pilot

Party says UBI has the potential to solve the poverty crisis.

Families on Universal Credit face a ‘cold, hard winter’ with 26% already cutting back on heating

PM Boris Johnson urged to increase benefits and retain the £20 a week increase to Universal Credit.

‘Millions face a bitter winter of rising unemployment and squeezed living standards’, says MP

Tory government has "deliberately chosen" to let unemployment soar, says SNP MP.

Calls for stronger welfare support as food banks warn of surge in demand

Food bank use expected to rise by 61% due to the impact of coronavirus.

DWP urged to increase ‘legacy benefits’ to avoid gap in support

Policy shift would see 1.5 million more people benefit from a £20 per week benefits boost.

Universal Credit increase must be made permanent and extended to legacy benefits

Reversing the increase risks plunging 700,000 more people into poverty, report says.

Call for £10 a week boost to child benefit as parents struggle to protect children from poverty

Parents relying on child benefit to pay bills and everyday living costs.

BAME workers take biggest financial hit from coronavirus pandemic

Black and ethic minority groups hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, survey shows.

Refusal to replace Universal Credit loans with non-repayable grants is a ‘political choice’, admits Iain Duncan Smith

Former Work and Pensions boss told MPs that it is "a policy decision, not a structural issue".

Nearly 1.4 million have no access to the welfare safety net, says Citizens Advice

Nearly 1.4 million migrants living and working legally in the UK have no recourse to public funds during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Increase legacy benefits to help people hit by the Coronavirus pandemic, say MPs

Government must not "simply ignore the needs" of those still in receipt of legacy benefits.

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