Children unnecessarily removed from parents, report claims

Dossier indicates drive to increase adoptions is punitive for low-income families and alternatives exist.

Tories urged to end four-year benefits freeze to tackle child poverty

Rise in the cost of living set to easily outstrip 'meagre' increases in child benefit, a new report reveals.

Homeless man kicked out of Starbucks after customer complains he ‘f****** stinks’

Homeless people in the UK are regularly subjected to cruel and callous treatment and are 15 times more likely to have suffered verbal abuse.

Eight billionaires own as much wealth as half the world population

Oxfam report reveals the wealth gap between richest and poor is even greater than feared.

DWP deliberately blind to the failures of its cruel sanctions regime

Letters: The DWP's cruel benefit sanctions regime is leaving vulnerable people without the means to support themselves. So why isn't anyone listening?

More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

Tories urged to act as one in 10 households is fuel poor, rising to about one in five for those renting from private landlords.

Jeremy Corbyn slams ‘shocking rise in homelessness’ in Christmas message (video)

Labour leader says 'no one should be on the streets' in the sixth biggest economy in the world.

Families and disabled people ‘hit worse by rising homelessness’

Labour’s John Healey says figures undermine government’s claim to protect society’s most vulnerable.

Rough sleepers face high levels of abuse by public, study finds

Homeless people report being kicked in the head, sexually assaulted, having bedding set on fire and being urinated on.

‘Dramatic rise’ in people trying to work out benefit entitlements

Turn2us has seen a 34% rise in people using its benefits calculator, as charity warns 'people continue to struggle to make ends meet'.

Public urged to donate to food banks over Christmas

Demand for food parcels expected to rise by up to 53% in December 2016.

Fears after government abolishes civil service’s child poverty unit

MPs and charities say political focus on reducing level of child poverty in UK has been lost as team is merged into Department for Work and Pensions.

Labour vows to double number of homes reserved for homeless

Opposition plans to expand charity-run Clearing House scheme to tackle ‘rapidly rising’ problem of rough sleeping.

Spikes, railings and water are weapons of ‘dehumanising’ campaign against homeless

Charity says that rough sleepers are victims of ‘defensive architecture’ built to stop them resting outdoors.

More than 130,000 to be fed by food banks this Christmas – MPs urged to donate

MPs are being urged to donate to the ‘Hope not Hunger’ pop-up food bank when it arrives at Parliament on Wednesday.

3.8 million working households living in poverty, report says

In-work poverty has reached a record high, with 55% of all those in poverty living in working households.

More than 250,000 people in England are homeless, says Shelter

Charity marks 50th anniversary by revealing homelessness hotspots including Birmingham, Bristol, Luton and Slough.

Rough sleepers denied specialist mental health support

Two-thirds of local authorities with the highest number of rough sleepers fail to commission specialist mental health services.

‘Tory claim to be on the side of the ‘just about managing’ is ludicrous’

SNP urge the UK government to ditch its 'failed austerity agenda'.

‘Just about managing’ families to be £2,500 a year worse off by 2020 – study

Research published ahead of autumn statement shows universal credit cuts, benefit rate freeze and rising rents are hitting low-income households.

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