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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…
Poverty is having a devastating impact on children's health, with parents diluting milk, skimping on food and youngsters living in damp, cold housing, paediatricians say. A new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), based on a survey with 250…
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…
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