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One in four low paid workers are "permanently stuck" in poorly paid jobs, with little chance of earning higher salaries, a new study finds. Low pay is "endemic" in the UK, especially among women in their early 20s who juggle work with childcare responsibilities, said the Social Mobility Commission. Research…
Theresa May has again rejected calls to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit as ministers announced that controversial charges of up to 55p a minute to call a helpline were to be scrapped. Appearing before a Commons committee, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke (pictured) said the line would be…
Food bank volunteers put in a "staggering" 4.1 million hours of unpaid work every year distributing food, fundraising and other duties, a new study reveals. The value of the work has been estimated at £30 million a year if the volunteers were paid the national living wage, research found. More…
One million people in Scotland are living in "dirty" communities blighted by an increase in litter, graffiti and flytipping, according to an environmental charity. A report by Keep Scotland Beautiful found that the country's most deprived communities are being hit worst by the problem and that the gap in standards…
Many young parents are struggling financially, campaigners have warned. Around two in five of those who had their first child by the time they were 25 are just managing to get by, according to a new report by Action for Children. It calculates that over 12 months, a young parent…
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has welcomed a £3.8m boost to tackle homelessness after a meeting with the Prime Minister. The two had an hour-long discussion as Theresa May visited Manchester, announcing extra funding to combat rough sleeping and homelessness, blighting the region and Manchester in particular. Mr Burnham…
Poor families could end up missing out on 30 hours of free childcare a week if the new Government policy is not properly funded, an early years leader is warning. Nurseries and childminders may end up giving priority to those parents who can afford to pay for additional hours or…
The bottom fifth of households in London own just 0.1% of the capital's wealth, including finances and property, a new study shows. Research by the Trust for London suggested 2.3 million Londoners are living in poverty, even though record numbers of people are in work. The charity said a record…
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