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Poverty

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Poorer Britons face three years of income stagnation, says report

Resolution Foundation warns of rising inequality amid cuts to working-age benefits.

SNP MSP calls on big six to back energy credit foodbank scheme

'People should not be left without food, heating and electricity because of cruel Tory policies', says Christina McKelvie

Rise in zero-hours jobs for single parents ‘risks causing child poverty’

Growth of unsuitable self-employment blamed for half of single parent homes being poor.

Comment on the need for constitutional reform to combat UK poverty

Why a written constitution is urgently needed to challenge a "political system that serves only the interests of the few".

1 in 7 children of public sector workers living in poverty, says TUC

TUC analysis found 550,000 children with a parent working in the public sector will be living in poverty by the end of the current financial year.

Homeless man dies on ‘doorstep’ of Houses of Parliament

MPs criticise government policies after rough sleeper pronounced dead in Westminster area, London.

Windsor council drops plans to fine rough sleepers after outcry

Authority says it will now address anti-social behaviour and rough sleeping separately.

Windsor council to impose fines on rough sleepers

Authority plans to issue £100 penalties for breaches of public space protection orders.

Hundreds of Merseyside military veterans to get help with housing problems

The homeless charity Shelter has launched a new local service to support older armed forces veterans struggling with housing issues and other problems.

Former DWP employee ‘sanctioned for going to a funeral’ in fear of eviction

Garreth Forrest saw his benefit payments slashed by more than £500 a month.

Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds

Large families and jobless worst hit by rising costs and austerity, with 32% and 36% missing meals.

DWP refuse over half of emergency requests for ‘lifeline’ benefit payments

Labour MP Frank Field says the UK Government is creating "state-sponsored destitution", as new figures show a "gaping hole" in the welfare safety net.

Corbyn: Labour would buy 8,000 properties for homeless people

Leader says party would also give local authorities power to seize properties left vacant.

Rough sleeper numbers in England rise for seventh year running

An estimated 4,751 people bedded down outside overnight in 2017, up 15% on previous year.

Homeless man found dead in freezing temperatures just days after council allegedly ‘removed his sleeping bag’

Bournemouth Council refutes the allegation and say they had been trying to support the gentleman for a number of years.

Most children in UK’s poorest areas now growing up in poverty

End Child Poverty says years-long freeze on benefits is major factor in emerging crisis.

Number of Scotland’s children living in temporary accommodation up 10%

Latest homelessness statistics "must be a wake-up call for local and national government", says Shelter Scotland.

More than 1m UK older people risk ‘withering away’ from hunger

Cross-party group of politicians says isolation and cuts are driving ‘hidden’ malnutrition.

Tory MP who said poor should have vasectomies ‘not fit for office’

SNP call on Theresa May to remove Tory MP Ben Bradley from office over 'offensive' blog posts.

Sickness benefit claimants left with not enough to live on, say campaigners

Major study finds the majority of people on sickness benefits are struggling to make ends meet, thanks to Tory cuts.

Tory council criticised for ‘demonising’ rough sleepers in posters

Campaign by Gloucester city council suggesting people who beg on street may not be homeless is termed ‘shameful’.

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