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Tackling poverty and inequality should be priorities in developing Scotland's city deals, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has said. The charity has urged the UK and Scottish governments to work with city leaders and businesses to ensure more people benefit from economic growth. JRF said progress was crucial with just…
Alcohol-related death rates were six times higher in the 10% most-deprived areas of Scotland than in the 10% least deprived in 2015, latest figures have shown. The NHS Health Scotland report highlighted inequalities, with alcohol-related stays in hospital nearly nine times higher in the 10% most- deprived areas than in…
Britain is "flat-lining" on key measures of social progress compared to other developed nations, according to a new international study. And the 2017 Social Progress Index identified a "correlation" between the introduction of austerity policies in the UK and lack of improvement in quality of life, particularly the availability of…
Jeremy Corbyn has said reducing poverty would be at the heart of his Labour government in his final broadcast interview before polling day. During an interview with the Big Issue, the Labour leader also shared his thoughts on how his cat would deal with life at Downing Street, as well…
A senior Scottish Government minister has accused the Conservatives of trying to "sweep child poverty under the carpet". Communities Secretary Angela Constance said the UK Government was trying to hide the problem by scrapping targets to reduce child poverty and said the Scottish Government would use all its powers to…
Conservative members of a Holyrood committee have "dissented" from an official report which claims "destitution is built into the UK asylum process". The Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee investigated asylum and destitution, where people are left without adequate accommodation or the ability to meet essential living needs. Committee…
Pregnant women and new mothers are among thousands of refugees and asylum seekers left destitute in the UK, a leading charity has warned. The British Red Cross said it came to the aid of 5,438 people, including dependants, without adequate access to food, housing or healthcare between January and March…
Drinking heavily is more harmful to the poorest people in society, who are at greater risk of illness or death because of alcohol consumption, according to a medical study. Published in medical journal The Lancet Public Health on Wednesday, it found there is a marked link between socio-economic status and…
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