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The number of households in fuel poverty fell by almost 100,000 last year. Official statistics show a drop from 748,000 in 2015 to 649,000 in 2016. Almost two-thirds of the reduction was attributed to lower energy prices. Campaigners said the fall was welcome news but the number of fuel-poor households…
Poorer patients living in affluent areas are the most likely to miss GP appointments, a study suggests. Researchers who conducted an anonymous survey of more than 500,000 patients in Scotland found that nearly a fifth failed to keep an appointment on more than two occasions over a three year period.…
There are 100 more homeless children for every announcement the Government has made on homelessness since 2010, Labour has claimed. Shadow housing minister John Healey said the Government needed action and "not more warm words" to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government had increased…
A "turning point" has been reached in the fight against poverty following the first sustained increases in child and pensioner poverty for 20 years, according to a new report. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are living in poverty than four years…
The charity running hundreds of foodbanks is appealing for public support as it gears up for its busiest Christmas so far. The Trussell Trust said December last year was its busiest month on record, with almost 150,000 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis, including 61,000 to children.…
Some banks have been told not to lend money to anyone claiming Universal Credit, an SNP MP has claimed. Philippa Whitford added that claimants looking for loans could be driven "into the hands of payday lenders and loan sharks" if they cannot get the funds from other sources. She made…
Britain is in a "spiral of division", with London providing greater opportunities for the disadvantaged than coastal, rural and former industrial areas which are "left behind economically and hollowed out socially", a report has found. The capital and its commuter belt resemble "a different country" in a "postcode lottery" in…
Shelter says its free helpline received a cry for help every 22 seconds during its busiest times last Christmas - and it fears the situation could be worse this winter. Research from the housing charity and Marks & Spencer found that in 2016 the Shelter's helpline received over 100,000 calls…
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