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A special edition of the Big Issue goes on sale on Monday to mark the 26th anniversary of the magazine which helps the homeless. An exhibition is being held at The Framers Gallery in Fizrovia, London of artwork by Big Issue founder Lord Bird, with some of his collections featured…
Social workers are being urged to contribute their experiences of practising in an age of austerity for a new study. The research by University of Wolverhampton and supported by BASW aims to gain a deeper understanding of how reduced funding has impacted on the work of front line practitioners. Similar…
The vast majority of councils and housing associations believe government welfare policy is hitting their efforts to tackle homelessness, according to new research. The research by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the University of Sheffield reveals 84 per cent of the 106 councils and 70 per cent of the…
Teenage girls from deprived areas are at a greater risk of suffering from violence than those from more affluent communities, research suggests. This is because they feel distrusted by their "strict" parents and then put themselves in situations where they could fall victim to violence. Girls from poorer backgrounds are…
Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised for comments suggesting that the rise in the number of foodbanks was "rather uplifting", it is reported. The backbencher was challenged during an interview on LBC over the growth in foodbanks under the Conservative Government. He said it had happened because of a…
A new benefits system for disabled people is making their health worse, leaving many isolated and struggling to pay for food and bills, according to a new report. A major survey by more than 80 organisations found 79% of respondents said their assessments for personal independence payment (PIP) had made…
Dozens of organisations have signed a letter calling on Scotland's political leaders to "urgently scale up" action to tackle poverty. In the open letter to party leaders, 37 organisations said there has been a failure to adequately address economic inequality, with one in five people in the country living in…
Holyrood's four opposition parties have united in a bid to force the Scottish Government to take tougher action on fuel poverty. Tory housing spokesman Graham Simpson, Labour's Alex Rowley, who speaks on communities, Green energy spokesman Mark Ruskell and his Liberal Democrat counterpart Liam McArthur have sent a joint letter…
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