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Scotland is being urged to become a world leader in tackling period poverty by bringing in new legislation that would force ministers to ensure sanitary products are provided free for those who need them. Labour MSP Monica Lennon is launching a consultation on a members' Bill aimed at ending the…
Rough sleeping across Britain is predicted to jump by three quarters (76%) over the next decade, a national charity for homeless people has warned. Around 9,100 people were sleeping rough in 2016, with the number forecast to rise to 16,000 in 2026, a new report from Crisis has suggested. The…
The prototype house that will be used in a new village for homeless people is being unveiled in Edinburgh. Work has begun on the Social Bite village in the Granton area of the city, which is expected to be up and running before Christmas. Organisers say it aims to provide…
More people in the North of England are dying early than those in the South in a growing health divide across the country, research has found. A study of death records shows a "tale of two Englands", with people in the North 20% more like to die early - under…
Scotland is in the grip of a housing "crisis" with private renters and the young disproportionately affected, according to Shelter Scotland. A report from the housing and homelessness charity reveals it helped more than 21,000 people in the last year, with more than 825,000 unique visits to online advice pages.…
More than 50,000 families are now subject to the benefit cap since ministers introduced a lower limit on the amount of money they can claim, new figures show. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) data shows 68,000 households had their incomes capped under the policy as of May. Of these,…
Half of children receiving supplies from foodbanks are aged between five and eleven, new research has revealed. The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 420 foodbanks, said its study showed how close to crisis many families are living. There were over 67,500 three-day emergency food supplies given to children in…
People are sleeping rough in barns and outhouses as a hidden homelessness crisis hits rural areas, an influential think tank has warned. The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) warned that it is particularly hard to prevent or relieve homelessness in the countryside because of the difficulties in covering larger…
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