Social exclusion

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Losing energy support will mean ‘fuel poverty for more than 7m’ in UK
A new report calls for targeted help for those who will no longer qualify from changes next spring

Miles Brignall

30, Nov, 2022 @10:00 PM

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Visit a Citizens Advice and see: the ‘cost of living’ doesn’t capture this emergency | Polly Toynbee
In Norwich I meet people who earn less than they need to survive, and staff who have never seen anything like this, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee

Polly Toynbee

28, Nov, 2022 @5:04 PM

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DWP deducting on average £80 a month from Scottish families on UC
Exclusive: Report finds struggling families are having on average 10% of monthly income deducted to cover debt

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

28, Nov, 2022 @12:01 AM

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BT asks ministers to help pay for low-cost broadband for poorest customers
Critics say telecoms firms such as BT – which made £1.9bn profit last year – can afford to keep customers on benefits connected

Mark Sweney

27, Nov, 2022 @4:23 PM

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The Observer view on fuel poverty measures freezing out poorest Britons | Observer editorial
New analysis reveals the least affluent need urgent government support this winter

Observer editorial

27, Nov, 2022 @9:04 AM

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Millions of households will be spending nearly third of income on fuel by spring
Findings come amid mounting evidence that the poorest people in the UK are paying a ‘poverty premium’ for basic services

Michael Savage Policy Editor

27, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Scottish social cohesion and law and order under threat, says police chief
Head of Police Scotland cites strikes, constitutional uncertainty, crisis poverty and planned cuts to force as factors

Libby Brooks Scotland correspondent

25, Nov, 2022 @12:25 PM

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‘People are living in vans’: Porthmadog considers vexed issue of second homes
As final vote on raising council tax to tackle homelessness looms, some worry tourism will be affected if people sell up

Steven Morris

25, Nov, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Money to grow: radical policy helps UK communities green their own spaces
‘Participatory budgets’ such as one project in east London are revitalising areas and improving accessibility

Laura Laker

25, Nov, 2022 @11:26 AM

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More homeless people are dying in the UK – we have a solution, so why aren’t we acting on it? | Daniel Lavelle and Simon Hattenstone
During the pandemic the government housed rough sleepers and gave them tailored support, until it came to an abrupt end, say Daniel Lavelle and Simon Hattenstone

Daniel Lavelle and Simon Hattenstone

24, Nov, 2022 @5:02 PM

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Severely ill refusing sicknotes as they cannot afford time off, says GPs’ head
Exclusive: Doctors suffering ‘moral distress’ at their powerlessness to help most vulnerable, says head of the Royal College of GPs

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

23, Nov, 2022 @12:38 AM

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Landlord admits it made assumptions about family in mouldy Rochdale flat
Rochdale Boroughwide Housing says ‘we got that wrong’ after two-year-old killed by exposure to mould

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

22, Nov, 2022 @6:38 PM

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