Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Poverty

Tories reject petition signed by 120,000 people demanding fairer disability benefits

Petition calls for the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit to be extended to legacy benefits.

Poor hit by fallout of Covid driven into extreme hardship – but the rich get richer

Fears grow around the widening of social inequalities in the wake of the Covid pandemic.

Call to end Universal Credit wait after huge surge in household debt and foodbank use

Tories urged to scrap the five week wait for Universal Credit and strengthen welfare protections.

Food banks report huge surge in demand for food parcels amid Covid pandemic

Trussell Trust reports that it has already helped more than a million people affected by the Covid pandemic.

Second Tory U-turn on free school meals welcomed by Rashford but over a million kids will still go hungry

Tories forced into yet another humiliating U-turn on free school meals after heroic campaign by Marcus Rashford.

Coronavirus: UK facing a ‘perfect storm of awfulness’ if welfare support isn’t improved

Boris Johnson's own former homelessness adviser warns of an impending winter crisis.

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.

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