Poverty

Poverty result of ‘political decisions’, MPs say

31/07/2019

The poverty and destitution levels in the UK are the result of political decisions made since 2010, MPs have said.

Over 14 million living in poverty, think tank reveals

30/07/2019

Millions of people, including children and pensioners, are living below the poverty line, new research into poverty has revealed.

Charity calls for help feeding children during the holidays

16/07/2019

The Trussell Trust is urging people to donate food to their local food bank to help support families with children during the summer holidays.

Local government cuts forcing children to grow up in poverty, Labour say

15/07/2019

Millions of children are growing up in poverty because of Whitehall cuts to council funding, Labour says after research reveals extent of childhood poverty.

Think tank calls for creation of ‘investment state’

03/07/2019

A think tank has called for an end to austerity and the creation of an ‘investment state’ to help boost economic growth.

Whitehall blasted for trying to solve homelessness ‘on a shoestring’

20/06/2019

An assessment of the state of homelessness prevention has criticised Whitehall for trying to solve the homelessness crisis ‘on a shoestring’.

Poorest children most affected by early years funding crisis, research finds

12/06/2019

The poorest children are bearing the brunt of cuts in funding for early years education, according to campaigners.

Sure Start had ‘major benefits’ for disadvantaged children, think tank says

04/06/2019

The twenty-year-old childcare programme has had major health benefits for children in poorer neighbourhoods, a new analysis reveals.

Scotland’s poorest ‘more likely’ to be injured by road traffic

22/05/2019

Children in Scotland’s poorest areas are nearly three times more likely to be injured by road traffic than those in the richest, according to campaigners.

Child poverty is the ‘new normal’ in Britain, campaigners warn

15/05/2019

An estimated half a million more children are having their lives ‘limited by poverty’ today than at the start of the decade, the UK’s leading child poverty coalition has revealed.

Welfare reforms put pressure on struggling families, report warns

13/05/2019

A new study looking at the impact of welfare reforms on child vulnerability has found that a quarter of children in low income families are unable to make ends meet.

Universal Credit ‘key driver’ behind increase in foodbank use

25/04/2019

The number of food parcels given out across the UK has gone up 73% in five years, according to a major charity.

Teachers are ‘deeply concerned’ about the effects of poverty

15/04/2019

Teachers are ‘deeply concerned’ about the effects of poverty and low income on their pupils, a new survey of education professionals has revealed.

Review of school appeals system ‘imperative’, think tank says

11/04/2019

Poorer families and those from ethnic minority backgrounds are less likely to secure their top choice of school through the appeals and waiting list system than other groups, new research reveals.

Government is ‘failing’ to combat child poverty, campaigners say

28/03/2019

Campaigners have warned that the economy is not ‘working for everyone’ as the latest statistics show that child poverty in working families is on the rise.

Basic income pilots

21/03/2019

Gail Irvine finds out how local government in Scotland is leading the way on basic income.

MPs to investigate link between Universal Credit and ‘survival sex’

19/03/2019

Reports that increasing numbers of people are being forced to exchange sex to meet basic needs due to welfare reforms are to be investigated by MPs.

Children missing out on ‘vital emergency support’ due to cuts

18/03/2019

New research from a children’s charity has revealed that young people are paying the price of Government cuts in crisis support, with many parents struggling to afford food and clothing.

Poll reveals ‘rising tide’ of pupil poverty

15/03/2019

A shocking new survey of headteachers has revealed that schools have become an ‘unofficial fourth emergency service’ for poor and vulnerable children.

Charity warns people at risk of suffering poverty, ill-health and hardship in later life

13/03/2019

Action must be taken to create communities that enable older people to stay active, campaigners have urged.

Calls to redirect £30bn Crossrail 2 investment into tackling poverty in outer London

12/03/2019

The £30bn investment for the proposed Crossrail 2 project linking north and south London should be switched to tackling poverty in the suburbs instead, campaigners have demanded.

It’s time to act on child poverty

07/03/2019

We are one of the richest countries in the world, yet poverty levels are rising. Councils must act now, says Stuart Gallimore - or we will look back in shame.

Childhood poverty set to hit ‘record highs’

20/02/2019

The proportion of children living in poverty risks hitting a record high by the end of the parliament, a shocking new report has revealed.

Scottish government must eradicate ‘extreme fuel poverty’, committee says

29/01/2019

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish government to eradicate ‘extreme fuel poverty’ over the next two decades.

Poverty and the digital divide

22/01/2019

Phil Walker explores how councils can help close the digital attainment gap for children living in poverty.

Teachers warn of ‘Dickensian’ levels of poverty

17/12/2018

Teachers have warned they are seeing increasing levels of 'Dickensian' poverty among children in their classrooms.

Leeds first council to provide free sanitary products

13/12/2018

Councillors in Leeds are to consider providing free sanitary products in schools and libraries throughout the city in a bid to end 'period poverty'.

A million young children will be deprived of basics this Christmas, charity warns

06/12/2018

A million children face a miserable Christmas without warm clothing, fresh food or celebrations, poverty campaigners have warned.

One in five people are living in poverty, report warns

04/12/2018

Britain has suffered a 'relentless rise' in the number of working families struggling to make ends meet over the last five years, according to poverty campaigners.

Campaigners calls for action on rule-breaking bailiffs

14/11/2018

Campaigners are calling for action to stop bailiffs causing people increased stress, anxiety and financial hardship.

Council workers borrowing money to cope with low pay

25/10/2018

Council staff are being forced to rely on credit cards, pawn possessions and borrow money from friends and family due to low pay, a new survey has revealed.

Poverty can lead to self-harm and violent crime, study shows

11/10/2018

Children from poorer families are at ‘significantly greater risk’ of being involved in violent crime and harming themselves later in life, new study shows.

Half of households unable to afford a healthy diet, finds study

05/09/2018

Around 3.7 million children are living in households unable to afford a healthy diet, according to a new study by a think tank.

More poorer pupils excluded than achieve 'highly valued' EBacc

22/08/2018

Poorer pupils are more likely to be excluded than to achieve the Government’s gold standard English Baccalaureate, a teaching charity has revealed.

Foodbanks not ‘long-term’ solution to holiday hunger, charity says

03/08/2018

Anti-poverty campaigners have warned that foodbanks are not a ‘long-term’ solution to hunger as data reveals the summer holidays force parents to turn to charity to feed children.

Child poverty at ‘highest rate’ in over a decade

24/07/2018

Relative child poverty may have risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, think tank warns.

Over 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK last year

07/06/2018

More than 1.5 million people in the UK were pushed into destitution at some point last year, according to anti-poverty campaigners.

Council-run crisis support ‘failing’ people in need

25/05/2018

Crisis support schemes run by local authorities are failing to operate effectively, new research reveals.

Rollout of Universal Credit increasing demand on food banks

24/04/2018

The rollout of Universal Credit is increasing the use of food banks by an average of 52%, new research has revealed today.

Government cuts force over a million children into poverty

14/03/2018

One and a half million more children will be in poverty by 2022 due to the Government’s austerity agenda, commission reveals.

Fuel poverty kills thousands every year, charity reveals

26/02/2018

The UK has the sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe with thousands dying preventable deaths every year, fuel poverty charity finds.

North Lanarkshire to offer free school meals during holidays

19/02/2018

A Scottish council is planning to pilot a new programme that will provide children in low income households with free meals every day of the year.

150,000 children of public sector workers ‘pushed into poverty’

15/02/2018

Over a hundred thousand extra children of public sector workers have been pushed into poverty due to pay restrictions and benefit cuts, trade unions say.

Child poverty charities call for end to benefit freeze

24/01/2018

Child poverty charities are calling for an end to the benefit freeze as new figures reveal in some areas over half the children are growing up in poverty.

Prepaid cards: Delivering dividends for councils

22/01/2018

Alastair Graham explains how prepaid schemes can help councils save money, reduce digital exclusion and increase security.

Over £300m from dormant accounts to go towards ‘good causes’

04/01/2018

Around £330m from dormant bank and building society accounts will be used to help disadvantaged young people, the homeless and other good causes across the UK, the Government has announced.

Million children to lose free school meals under Universal Credit

19/12/2017

One million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under Universal Credit (UC) proposals, a children’s charity has warned.

Think tank urges every city to set up a local Inclusive Growth Investment Commission

13/12/2017

Cities should establish new bodies to coordinate and finance attempts to extend prosperity more widely, according to a think tank report.

Britain’s record on fighting poverty ‘at risk’

04/12/2017

Britain’s record on tackling poverty is 'at risk of unravelling', campaigners have warned.

Benefit cuts set to increase child poverty

02/11/2017

The Government’s planned benefit cuts are set to increase child poverty, particularly in the North East and Wales, financial experts warn.

Universal Credit requirements pushing more single parents into poverty, warns charity

01/11/2017

The job search requirements placed on parents with pre-school children are 'unrealistic' and driving people into poverty, new research has revealed.

Nearly half of renters forced to cut back on essentials

20/10/2017

Nearly half of low-paid workers are forced to cut back on essentials so that they can pay their rent, according to new research by housing campaigners Shelter.

Benefit freeze ‘biggest policy driver’ of poverty, think tanks finds

10/10/2017

Real terms cuts to working-age benefits and tax credits are set to drive almost half a million more people into poverty in 2020, think tank reveals.

Universal basic income enjoys high level of support, poll finds

11/09/2017

New polling data has revealed the idea of a universal basic income (UBI) enjoys support from the public - until benefit cuts or tax rises are mentioned.

Charity warns millions of pensioners living below the poverty line

01/09/2017

A quarter of pensioners are facing financial problems with many unable to meet unexpected expenses or keep their homes warm, according to Age UK.

Charity warns nearly four million children living in poverty

04/08/2017

Almost four million children across the UK now living below the breadline, a charity has warned.

Carers in financial difficulties also feel isolated

03/08/2017

More than a third of carers in financial difficulty also feel socially isolated, according to a new survey.

Hardship payments extended to protect more jobseekers

19/07/2017

Homeless people or those with a mental health condition are to be offered financial support from the Government if their benefits are sanctioned.

School summer holidays creating 'class divide' over fitness levels

12/07/2017

The high cost of school holiday activities is opening up a ‘major class divide' in the fitness levels of children, new research has revealed.

Families dependent only on a father’s income ‘struggling’, report warns

10/07/2017

Families dependent on the father’s earnings alone are struggling to get by because of the ‘extremely slow’ growth in their income, financial experts warn.

In-work poverty hits record numbers, report reveals

23/05/2017

Over half of those living in poverty in the UK live in a household where someone is in work, research reveals.

MSPs call for interim targets to tackle child poverty

22/05/2017

Statutory targets to reduce child poverty in Scotland are ‘too long range’, MSPs have warned in a new report.

Half a million ‘rent burdened Brits’ borrowing to meet housing costs

12/05/2017

One in three ‘rent burdened Brits’ are borrowing money in order to pay their rent, new research reveals.

Two-thirds of paediatricians warn poverty impacts children’s health

11/05/2017

Any new Government must tackle health inequalities or risk storing up health problems for future generations, paediatricians say as they warn of the impact of poverty on the health of children.

MPs call for sugary drinks levy to be used to tackle school holiday hunger

25/04/2017

Three million children risk going hungry during the school holidays, putting them in danger of malnutrition and undermining their education prospects.

Universal Credit reforms to force 200,000 children into poverty

06/04/2017

'Pernicious' welfare reforms coming into force today will push hundreds of thousands more children into poverty, a charity has warned.

Stress of moving house ‘normal’ for children in poverty, charity says

24/03/2017

The stress and uncertainty associated with moving house regularly is a ‘worryingly normal part of life’ for children growing up in poverty, charity warns.

Health problems in rural areas ‘masked’ by idyllic images, report says

20/03/2017

Poor health in rural areas is being ‘masked’ by idyllic images of the countryside and a lack of accurate data, new report says.

Study finds poorer children ten times more likely to end up in care

01/03/2017

Children in the poorest areas are at least 10 times more likely to be in the care system than those in affluent neighbourhoods, according to new research.

Poor pupils falling behind affluent peers in secondary school, research reveals

27/02/2017

Progress made by poor pupils in primary school is ‘all but wiped out’ at the secondary level, new research into social mobility reveals.

Four million more people living below an ‘adequate income’

15/02/2017

Millions of just about managing families are on the ‘tipping point’ of falling into poverty, warns think tank.

Embed relationship support in mainstream services says charity

15/12/2016

Relationship support services should do more to help poorer families, who are less likely to access support, a new report has argued.

Poverty in working households at ‘record high’ levels

07/12/2016

A ‘record high’ of more than half of the people in poverty are in working households, shocking new research reveals.

Think tanks calls £1.1bn investment in Living Rents scheme

14/11/2016

Rent rates for council housing should be linked to local wages in a bid to make them affordable for those earning the National Living Wage, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has said.

Benefits freeze contributes to child poverty

09/11/2016

The benefits freeze and cuts to Universal Credit threatens to increase the number of children living in poverty, charities warn.

City bosses back credit union loan in Glasgow

09/11/2016

A low-cost loan to help residents avoid costly payday lenders has been launched with support from Glasgow City Council.

Think tank sets out plan to eradicate poverty by 2030

06/09/2016

Councils should be given more powers to help tackle poverty, according to a new report published by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Most deprived areas of Scotland are revealed

01/09/2016

Ferguslie Park in Paisley has been named as the most deprived area in Scotland for the second time running.

Research warns of 'double disconnect' in deprived areas

15/08/2016

New research has revealed that 524 areas in the UK are not well connected to jobs or housing.

Poverty costs UK billions every year, report reveals

01/08/2016

Dealing with the effects of poverty costs the UK £78bn per year, the equivalent of 4% of the country’s GDP, think tank finds.

Working poor the ‘new face of poverty in the UK’

19/07/2016

The ‘new poor’ tend to live in households where there is someone in work, IFS study reveals.

Councils criticised for treatment of those in problem debt

19/07/2016

Local government is one of the worst sectors for treating people in problem debt unfairly, according to the results of a new survey.

'Indisputable link’ between UC and rent arrears, study finds

07/06/2016

More than three-quarters (79%) of council tenants in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) are in rent arrears, a new report reveals.

Benefit cuts driving people into despair, report warns

25/05/2016

Benefit sanctions are driving people into destitution and despair, according to local government and third sector groups in Salford.

Older pensioners more likely to be living in poverty, warns charity

16/05/2016

Older pensioners are thousands of pounds a year worse off than younger ‘Baby Boomer’ pensioners and working age adults, a charity is warning

Neglect of ‘place poverty’ hampering fight against deprivation

11/05/2016

Efforts to tackle poverty are being held back by a neglect of ‘place poverty’ in welfare policies, planners argue.

Over a million UK citizens living in destitution, report reveals

27/04/2016

1.25 million people, including over 300,000 children, are destitute in the UK, according to a new report.

Labour blasts 'disgraceful' cuts to deprived councils

26/04/2016

Labour has accused the Government of making the smallest budget cuts to councils in the constituencies of key cabinet members.

Research warns of 'hidden poverty' across country

25/04/2016

Although northern and Scottish cities have the highest concentration of vulnerable children and families, a new report has warned that pockets of ‘hidden poverty’ exist across the south and coastal areas.

Deprivation has little impact on GCSE results, research says

22/04/2016

The proportion of students from low socio-economic status backgrounds has little impact on centre variability when it comes to GCSE results, surprising new research has discovered.

Poor children more likely to go to failing schools finds research

19/04/2016

Families are on low incomes are four times more likely than wealthier families to send their child to a struggling primary school, new research has revealed.

MPs warn more children are going to school hungry

18/04/2016

An increasing number of children are going to school hungry and underweight, according to the results of a major new study.

Foodbank use partly driven by benefit delays

15/04/2016

Record foodbank use levels are the result of benefit delays and changes, The Trussell Trust has found.

UK scores average rating on children’s inequality report card

14/04/2016

The UK is ranked 14th out of 35 countries in a new assessment studying the inequality gap facing children in wealthy nations.

Bailiffs should not be used to collect debt from vulnerable people, charity warns

12/04/2016

The Government should stop local authorities from passing council tax debts to bailiffs in the case of vulnerable residents, according to the Money Advice Trust (MAT).

Town halls forced to raise council tax on poor families

05/04/2016

Councils are raising funds by increasing the council tax liability for their poorest residents, new research reveals.

Rent to Own sector makes millions off low-income families and single mothers

15/03/2016

Nearly half a million low-income families are forced to resort to expensive hire purchase companies when buying essential household items, but local authorities are fighting back, report finds.

Report: Boost to poorest from jobs boom will be undone by welfare cuts

02/03/2016

Despite jobs growth lifting 400,000 children out of poverty over the last year, welfare and tax credit cuts will result in the poorest seeing no growth in their incomes for the next five years, a report has found.

Seven million children will be hit by benefit freeze

23/02/2016

A new report has warned four million low-income families will be affected by the freeze in benefits, pushing more children into poverty.

Government must focus more on early years childcare, charity argues

27/01/2016

The Government should make improving the quality of childcare and support for low-income families its top priority, says new report.

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