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One in five Scottish families still living in poverty

Across the UK, the number of children living in poverty has increased by 200,000.

Poverty Campaigners Call For £5 Increase In Child Benefit

Campaigners have called on the Scottish Government to increase child benefit by £5 a week to help reduce rates of child poverty in Scotland.

Soaring Childcare Costs Push 130,000 Children Into Poverty

The risk of poverty for children whose parents pay for childcare has increased from 14.9% to 19.6%, according to new research.

Scotland Calls For ‘United Stand’ Against £12bn Welfare Cuts

Charities and other organisations must stand united to fight against the UK government's £12bn proposed welfare cuts, says Scotland's Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil.

Government Failing To Act On Child Poverty

Britain spent just 0.7% of its GDP on child benefit in 2013/14, compared to a high of 1.3% in 1983-85.

Tory Child Benefit Cap Would Pick On Children And ‘Punishes Siblings’

The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit payments to no more than three children.

Draconian Council Tax Rule Unlawful, Says Judge

A draconian rule which saw 3,600 Sandwell residents being forced to pay a higher rate in Council Tax has been ruled unlawful.




DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors

DWP face an extra bill of up to £830 million in backdated Employment and Support Allowance payments.

Employment grant for disabled people to rise by £15k, but is it enough?

Critics argue £57k cap on 'Access To Work' scheme should be lifted completely.

Grieving daughter handed her mother’s ashes to benefits assessor to prove she wasn’t ‘fit for work’

Inexcusable and heartless blunder by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Scrap ‘highly regressive’ council tax, says thinktank

Resolution Foundation says levy now resembles much maligned poll tax and should be replaced with more progressive system.

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.