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Spiralling homelessness and housing shortages will continue for years to come after a "lack of ambition" in government to resolve the crisis, according to a damning report. Under the Conservatives, the number of families living in temporary accommodation has rocketed and nearly 120,000 children in England do not have a…
The UK Government has been urged to rethink "incoherent" plans to close a swathe of Jobcentres in Scotland. Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee said the proposals showed "a lack of planning" and called for a full review. A report from the committee criticised the way in which the Department for Work…
Austerity campaigner Charlotte Hughes considers what social workers and other professionals should be be doing to challenge poverty, austerity and stigma... More than a million people in the UK are so poor they cannot afford to eat properly, keep clean or stay warm and dry, and this figure is rising…
The tax credits renewal process has been a "catastrophic failure" which caused unnecessary hardship and distress to people, a damning Commons report has found. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) insisted the Government must learn from its mistakes ahead of renewals in 2017 as the 2016 problems were "entirely predictable". The…
More than 7,500 families have had their housing benefit cut to just 50p a week as a result of the Government's benefits cap, according to new figures. Official figures obtained by BBC1's Panorama show that at least 67,600 households have lost benefits in England, Scotland and Wales following the introduction…
New support is to be given to struggling families under a £30 million government programme focused on helping parents to find work. The next phase of the Troubled Families Programme will aim to forge better links between disadvantaged families and Jobcentres. Ministers said there was a "profound" affect on children…
More than a quarter of children are now living in poverty in Scotland. Government statistics show 26% of children in Scotland - approximately 260,000 - were living in relative poverty in 2015/16 after housing costs. It marks a growth of 4% from the previous year, an increase described by charities…
Campaign groups have attacked "truly shocking" new figures showing four million children are affected by poverty. The Children's Society said the situation was "clearly getting worse", estimating that almost a third of children were now living in poverty. The Government said official statistics showed that the percentage of children living…
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