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Drug-testing welfare recipients will stigmatise poor, UN official says

Special rapporteur questions why wealthy people ‘who spend far more on drugs’ aren’t subjected to same measure.
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‘No-deal’ Brexit likely to hit low-income families hardest

Sharp price rises could cost average household £260 a year if UK leaves EU without a trade deal while richest will be least affected.

Welfare recipients in south-west Sydney first to be targeted by drug testing

New regime ‘all about love’, Malcolm Turnbull says as Canterbury-Bankstown named the first of three trial sites.

Drug-testing welfare recipients won’t stop addiction, psychiatrists warn

Australia’s peak body for psychiatrists says Coalition’s plan ‘very simplistic’ and at odds with 50 years of evidence.

Disabled fear Medicaid cuts will diminish their independence

Fears US states may be tempted to drop home-based services for the disabled.

Homelessness and housing problems reach crisis point in all EU countries – except Finland

Report on ‘alarming evidence’ of rising homelessness singles out UK for criticism while warning that one in 70 Athens residents are homeless.

Republicans want to drug test those seeking unemployment benefits

Plans will allow US states to begin requiring those seeking unemployment benefits to participate in drug testing.

Children’s commissioners write to home secretary over end of Dubs scheme

Commissioners for Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland write to Amber Rudd calling for government to do more to help child refugees.

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.

UK real wages plummet by more than 10% in just eight years

Real-terms wages in the UK fell by more than 10% between 2007 and 2015, the biggest fall among leading OECD countries.

Migrant children are being failed by UK, says Lords committee report

Government accused of dismissing its responsibility to care for unaccompanied minors as ‘somebody else’s problem’.

Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world’s refugees

US, China, Japan, Germany, France and UK accommodate just 2.1 million refugees, according to Oxfam report.

69m children will die of preventable causes, says Unicef

UN children’s agency report highlights toll on youngsters by 2030 unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality on fighting poverty.

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