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A "perfect storm" of stagnating wages and benefits cuts has led to the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in the England widening, according to new research.A new study, published on Thursday evening, also found that life expectancy for the country's poorest women has fallen by three…
Campaigners have called for more action to be taken to help the one million people in Scotland living in poverty.The Poverty Alliance said that 230,000 children are included in the one-million figure.Scotland is the only part of the UK with targets for reducing poverty after the Child Poverty Act was…
Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on inequalities among asthma patients states that children growing up in homes with mould are up to three times…
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more. Since the Scottish Welfare Fund was set up by ministers…
A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) reveal a total of 23,137 deaths were registered across the country from December 2017 to March…
A debt help charity is seeing growing numbers of people falling behind with fuel bills and a resurgence in the proportion of clients with high-cost credit such as payday loans. StepChange Debt Charity said the proportion of clients in arrears with council tax is also "stubbornly high". In the first…
More than 2.5 million households in England are struggling to pay their energy bills, figures from the Government show. Some 11.1% of English households - 2.55 million - faced heating bills that pushed them below the poverty line in in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.…
Informal carers' energy bills are on average £176 higher than other bill payers and almost four in 10 struggle to pay them, a survey suggests. Some 38% of informal carers - those who give regular, ongoing help to another person without payment - have struggled to pay their energy bills…
The Government is being urged to reform the social security system after a new study revealed that 1.5 million people are "destitute". Research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found that people classed as destitute often went without food, heating or lighting in their home and had sometimes slept rough.…
Around 140,000 British households have been left without gas or electricity in the last year because they cannot afford to top up their prepayment energy meter, a charity has found. Citizens Advice said the vast majority of these households - around 120,000 - included people who could be vulnerable, such…
Legislation designed to cap energy prices for 11 million households across Britain will be introduced to Parliament today. The Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill would allow Ofgem to limit tariffs until 2020, with the option to extend the cap annually until 2023. Prime Minister Theresa May said that…
The energy industry is to investigate how it can improve its standards of care and support for vulnerable customers. Trade association Energy UK has launched a new independently-chaired commission which will hold hearings across the UK over the coming months to hear from consumer, elderly, disability and mental health groups…
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