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Hitting home: the benefit cap and child homelessness

31 May 2021
Since 2013, the benefit cap has meant that many families don’t have enough money to pay their rent. This isn’t a matter of opinion, it’s explicit in the way that benefits are calculated.

Back to the 20th century: our child poverty disaster

21 May 2021
The rise in child poverty over the last six years has all but wiped out all the progress that had been made since the late 1990s. As the latest official poverty statistics showing this were published just before Easter, this is not exactly news. But the message needs repeating because the muted reaction to what can only be called a disaster suggests it is not just the UK government who would prefer to look the other way.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 4: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar/ Western Isles Council

17 May 2021
In the final of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Rachel Macdonald and Donald Macleod of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar/ Western Isles Council tell us about the key role that Education Attainment Apprentices play in tackling financial barriers and supporting children's inclusion, participation and engagement.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 3: Dundee City Council

17 May 2021
In the third of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Fiona Low of Dundee City Council tells us about their journey so far and the priority this work continues to have in the city.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 2: Moray Council

17 May 2021
In the second of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Lynne Riddoch of Moray Council discusses practical work happening in all Moray schools to remove cost barriers and achieve equity.

Cost of the School Day Spotlight 1: North Ayrshire Council

17 May 2021
In the first of four blog posts showcasing different Cost of the School Day approaches in Scottish local authorities, Councillor Robert Foster of North Ayrshire Council tells us about the development of their exciting new whole systems approach.

Universal credit and mental health

07 May 2021
There is no doubt that the past year has changed all of our lives in ways we could not have imagined - affecting our relationships, our finances and our mental health. For families living on a low income though, the daily stresses of getting by were unfortunately nothing new, and the pandemic has only made matters worse. Families have faced additional costs such as higher food and energy bills associated with staying at home more. New evidence shows that those in the greatest financial difficulty going into the pandemic are more likely to have reported mental health problems.

The ripple effect of poverty on children in London

23 April 2021
Without a doubt, the COVID‐19 pandemic has affected the entire country in different ways. Some would argue that children have been affected the most and others would not. Nevertheless, even before COVID‐19 the children of London needed support.

Uniform mistakes: the cost of going back to school

20 April 2021
This week, many children will clamber out of bed, clamber into their uniform and return to school for the summer term. School uniforms impose a uniform cost on parents and carers, which can mean that those who have the least are hit the hardest.

Does the cap fit? Researching the benefit cap’s effect on paid work

30 March 2021
Official statistics released today show that the number of households subject to the benefit cap has increased again. 180,000 households were capped in November 2020, up from 170,000 in August 2020.