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Homeless charities slam ‘open season’ on street people

Police and vigilantes are seeking to ‘other’ people on the street, says chief executive of Crisis.

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.

Tories failing disabled people over ‘substantial’ cost of living

Disability charity Scope calls for a "complete rethink" on how disabled people are supported to cover extra £570 a month living costs.

Twitter failing to protect disabled users from ‘hate-filled’ abuse

'It has become so common that it barely raises an eyebrow and this situation has to change'

Esther McVey quits Samaritans advisory board amid pressure from campaigners

New Work and Pensions Secretary once boasted that 300,000 disabled people would lose their benefits when reassessed for Personal Independence Payments.

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.

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.

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.

One million children to miss out on free school meals under universal credit

The Children's Society has called on the Government to "provide free school meals for all children on universal credit".

First vending machine for homeless people launches in UK

Nottingham shopping centre hosts machine carrying free food and other essentials for those with special keycard.

Tories ‘turning a blind eye’ to rising foodbank use, says SNP

Department for Work and Pensions admit it does not collect data on the numbers of foodbank users.

More children homeless or in temporary housing than during crash crisis

Estimated 128,000 children are without a home – more than were in the same situation in 2007 – says Shelter report.

Foodbanks warn of ‘busiest Christmas ever’ as charity issues urgent appeal

Demand for emergency food parcels is expected to spike over the festive period and continue into the New Year and beyond.

Shelter issues Christmas homelessness warning

Research by the charity reveals that the number of calls to its helpline has increased by 25% over the last year.

More than 300,000 Brits will wake up homeless this Christmas

Charity calls on members of the public to help support homeless people over the festive season.

Charities warn of ‘devastating cost’ of cuts to children’s services

With council spending on early intervention cut by 40%, ministers urged to prevent ‘crisis turning into catastrophe’.

Charity condemns ‘broken’ disability benefit system

Parkinson's UK says sufferers are seeing the level of support they receive reduced when reassessed for Personal Independence Payments.

People left without heating due to spending cuts, says fuel poverty group

Health of low-income households at risk as funding cuts slash support for replacing and repairing boilers, pressure group warns.

One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter

Charity used official government and FoI data to estimate 307,000 people sleeping rough or living in inadequate housing.

Tory welfare cuts ‘the driving force’ behind rising food poverty, says SNP

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use his Autumn Budget "to reverse seven years of Tory austerity".

Disabled people worry about telling employers of their condition

UK charity’s survey finds almost half of disabled people have worried about making employers aware of their disability.

Universal Credit will push a MILLION more children into poverty, report warns

Tories accused of a “colossal failure of public policy”, as charity warns years of cuts have created "an austerity generation whose childhoods and life chances will be scarred".




Tory welfare cuts ‘£3bn deeper than expected’

New figures reveal the freeze on working age benefits will erode household incomes much more deeply than originally forecast.

Corbyn urged to win votes by pledging £10bn more on care for disabled elderly

Fabian Society research identifies shortfall in funding for 1.2 million older people.

Terminally ill to be given priority over benefit underpayments, says McVey

Work and Pensions Secretary vowed to prioritise "any individuals whom we know from our systems to be terminally ill".

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC.

Childcare voucher changes delayed after Commons debate

Government agrees to keep system open for six more months after pressure from Labour.

Reverse universal credit cuts, Iain Duncan Smith tells chancellor

Thinktank says 340,000 people could be taken out of poverty if Philip Hammond takes action.