Coronavirus: Nearly a million universal credit claims in past two weeks

Nearly a million people have applied for universal credit benefits in the past fortnight as the coronavirus pandemic has worsened. The Department for Work and Pensions said 950,000 successful applications for...

DfE ‘should extend free schools meals scheme’ as settings set to open over Easter

Local authorities will keep schools open over the Easter holidays for the children of key workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, leading to calls for the government to provide free school meals...

Supporting disadvantaged families through free early education and childcare entitlements in England

The take-up of free early education and childcare places and the quality of childcare providers is lower in the most deprived areas of England, according to the National Audit Office (NAO). This risks...

Category - Poverty

How to help food banks during the coronavirus outbreak

Away from the stockpiling hordes, food bank workers are toiling tirelessly to make sure that no one goes hungry during the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s really concerning,” says Emma Revie, the chief executive of the Trussell Trust, the UK’s largest...