$1 a week: the bitter poverty of child sugarcane workers in Zimbabwe

The blistering sun beats mercilessly on the Mukwasine sugar plantations near Chiredzi, in south-east Zimbabwe. It is Sunday morning and the soothing sound of hymns reverberate from a nearby church. For most of...

The impact of poverty on child mental health

What impact does poverty have on childrens’ mental health? A Buttle UK survey of over 1,200 child support workers reveals the alarmingly common occurance of experiences that put children at increased...

UK government loses supreme court fight over bedroom tax

The supreme court has ruled against the UK government’s attempts to force the bedroom tax on 155 partners of people with severe disabilities, in a decision that will hamper ministerial attempts to water down...

Category - Poverty

State of Hunger

State of Hunger is the largest ever piece of research into hunger and food bank use in the UK. This three-year project, carried out by researchers at Heriot-Watt University, will help us to understand the scale of hunger and poverty in the UK and...

Children in need statistics

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statistics on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services in England for the year ending 31 March 2019. Statistics show: there were 399,500 children in need at 31st March...

Free school meals: Double earnings threshold, say AMs

The earnings threshold for families entitled to free school meals should double in 2020 if the Welsh Government can afford it, AMs have said. The children of parents who receive universal credit and earn less than £7,400 qualify for free school...