Universal Credit

Parents on minimum wage can’t even afford life’s basics for their children

Parents on minimum wage are struggling to provide their children with the most basic lifestyle, new research has found.<p>Couples raising two children …

Housing

Haverfordwest: HaverHub targeted by vandals – The Pembrokeshire Herald

HAVERFORDWEST will be the location for the second Your Health, Your Wealth money advice and wellbeing event to be held in Pembrokeshire on Friday, …

Pembrokeshire

The scandal of the Tories' universal credit sanctions

The UK Government’s universal credit system has been deeply flawed since its disastrous roll-out began – and all of the evidence shows it is actively …

Scottish National Party

The cost of raising children has always been high but it’s hardest on low income families

Author and Director at the Centre for Research in Social Policy at Loughborough University<p>The school holidays can really bring home to parents on …

Tax Preparation

Michelle Mone started off poor. How will her daughter find life in Glasgow’s East End? | Kevin McKenna

Television producers and the media in general must always take great care when attempting to portray the reality of poverty and multi-deprivation in 21st-century Britain. There also needs to be a degree of compassion at all stages of the production process and in the filming, as there is a very …

Opinion (UK)

Scottish Labour calls for action to tackle spiralling private rents

Almost half of people made homeless due to rent arrears in the last year lived in the private-rented sector, according to research.<p>Scottish Labour …

Housing

The 'conundrum' at the heart of the British economy is getting worse — and economists are baffled

LONDON — UK's unemployment rate fell to just 4% this week— it's lowest level since comparable records began in the early 1970s — and some commentators took it as a sign Britain's economy is performing solidly despite the uncertainty around Brexit.<p>The data, however, highlighted a conundrum that has …

Economics

Woman forced to survive on £1 ready meals after Universal Credit stopped

A woman has revealed her heartbreaking struggle with benefits - which has seen her survive off £1 ready meals.<p>The woman, from Hull, is crippled by …

Hull City AFC

Homeless charity has doubts over £100m Tory pledge to tackle rough sleeping - Cornwall Live

The boss of a Cornish homeless charity has admitted he has reservations over the Government’s latest pledge to tackle rough sleeping.<p>Housing …

Housing

Honeyed words do nothing to curb prejudice against the disabled | Nick Cohen

Your guard should go up when you are told that the politically correct policing of speech is nothing more than an insistence on good manners. Take a cool look at those who think it their business to tell you what to say and write. More often than not, you will find yourself staring at small-time …

Opinion (UK)

Food banks take a hit during the summer holidays as Tories fail us with austerity

Holiday hunger is a stark reality for families all over the country. If you rely on free school meals as a child’s only hot meal of the day, what do …

UK Politics

Newport school meals to rise by 5p from September

<b>The cost of school meals in Newport are expected to rise by 5p from 1 September.</b><p>Primary and secondary school meals could cost £2.15 and £2.40 respectively, if approved by the council.<p>Both prices would be cheaper than the Welsh averages.<p>But if the price rise is rejected there could be cuts of …

News (Wales)

Anger as Derry’s out-of-work rate is now 1.5 times that of Belfast’s

SDLP MLA Mark H. Durkan has reacted angrily to new out-of-work figures that show Derry’s unemployed labour rate is now one-and-a-half times that of …

Derry (Northern Ireland)

In a cashless society, mobile payments are the change homeless people need | Eloise Millard

By recent estimates, more than two-thirds of all retail transactions in Britain are now being made on debit and credit cards. With significantly less cash in use, people have less spare change – and that is hitting the homeless hard. Now there is a scramble to make up the difference.<p>Greater Change, …

Homelessness

Universal Credit discriminates against women by design. Here’s how

The new benefit punishes those who do not fit a 1950s stereotype.<p>At a recent meeting on women and poverty, I was asked to speak about Universal …

Opinion (UK)

Eight candidates standing for Dai Boswell's former seat – The Pembrokeshire Herald

College maintains 100% A-level pass rate for three years running<p>Delighted: Mali Thomas, Celyn Llewellyn and Sian Jones<p>THIS year has seen …

Pembrokeshire

Unemployment down year-on-year in Pembrokeshire

UNEMPLOYMENT dropped year-on-year in Pembrokeshire last month, according to the latest Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures.<p>Set against …

Pembrokeshire

Citizens Advice at hand to help with Universal Credit rollout – The Pembrokeshire Herald

A PAEDOPHILE described by a Crown Court judge as having ‘psychopathic tendencies’ and a ‘devious, wicked, and flawed personality’ has been jailed for …

Sociology

Royal London chief urges Government not to scrap online pension project

The boss of the UK's largest pensions company has urged the Government not to ditch its plans for an online dashboard that would let people see all of their retirement savings in one place.<p>Royal London chief executive Phil Loney said that the project, first proposed two years ago by George Osborne, …

Great Britain

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THE first thing Theresa May did on becoming prime minister in July 2016 was deliver a speech promising to help the just-about-managing. Since then …

Great Britain

If Labour want to represent the millions who voted Leave, the party must halt the deselections of Frank Field and Kate Hoey

The Birkenhead and Vauxhall CLPs recently passed motions of no confidence in Labour MPs Frank Field and Kate Hoey, effectively deselecting the pair. …

Great Britain

The Reader: New rough sleeping strategy has to be a long-term policy

As representatives of homelessness services and supported housing organisations across the country, we welcome Monday’s rough sleeping strategy. It …

Housing

Unemployment total still rising in the borough

The number of borough residents needing out-of-work benefits is still going up following the introduction of the full Universal Credit service.<p>Labour …

Manchester

DWP culture is ‘sanction by default’ – was I lazy for missing Universal Credit appointment because I was in hospital for seizures?

<i>Luke O’Donnell, 24, was sanctioned by the DWP for missing work-related appointment for Job Seeker’s Allowance earlier this year due to seizures.</i> …

DWP

The World's Weirdest Banknotes

Cash, it would seem, is on its way out. From practically universal credit card acceptance in developed countries (most notably in Scandinavia), to …

Travel

Dad blames size NINETEEN feet for job woes as he can't find shoes big enough for job interviews

A DESPERATE dad revealed his size 19 feet are making his life a misery — and have kept him out of work for nine years.<p>David Henderson, 39, can’t find …

Job Interviews

Success for St Helens jobs bosses as Universal Credit introduced

Jobs bosses in St Helens are celebrating after the number of people on out-of-work benefits fell despite Universal Credit being rolled out.<p>Officials …

St Helens

Harsh reality of pressures facing Wirral's foodbanks as demand rises by THIRD

THIS is the harsh reality of the pressures facing Merseyside’s foodbanks after it was revealed demand in Wirral has risen by a THIRD.<p>Between January …

Wirral

No new money for homelessness strategy, minister admits

But in interviews on Monday, Mr Brokenshire said half the cash had already been committed to rough sleeping and the other half was "reprioritised" …

Housing

Homelessness is back on the Tories’ agenda, yet it’s they who made this crisis worse | Zoe Williams

The government has a new policy on housing; rough sleeping is a national disgrace, and Theresa May has promised to eliminate it by 2027. In the Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, Boris Johnson is crusading against developers treating homeowners “like serfs”, making another back-of-a-fag-packet policy …

Opinion (UK)