Local groups have told harrowing stories of mums watering down infant formula to make it last longer.
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionGlasgow #babybanks back inquiry calling for easier access to infant formula for struggling families bit.ly/2HgCMoU
Harrowing stories tell of mums watering down infant formula to make it last longer & parents being turned away when trying to get formula.
Community leaders in Hartlepool warn people will struggle if higher Universal Credit payments end.
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionIf £20 per week extra made such a difference in Hartlepool it makes it doubly unfair it wasn't extended to legacy claimants...
#UniversalCredit: The extra £20 means people can have a bit of dignity & families do not have to choose between food or heating
The Warm Home Discount Scheme could take £140 off your winter electricity bill - eligibility, how to claim your discount, deadlines
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionIf you are on a low income and haven't done so already, now is the time to apply for the £140 Warm Home Discount payment gov.uk/the-warm-home-…
If you use a pre-payment meter you will get vouchers. Otherwise, it's a one-off discount on your electricity bill.
Jurors say it is highly likely at least one officer heard Kevin Clarke say: "I can't breathe."
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionUK: The way in which police restrained a mentally ill man contributed to his death in custody, inquest finds bbc.in/36Qs4zY #BlackLivesMatter
Kevin Clarke, who had schizophrenia, told officers who handcuffed him twice that he "couldn't breathe".
Benefits system ‘ripe for reform’ says Institute for Fiscal Studies, as millions face £1,000-a-year cut
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionIFS: Four million families face ‘significant decline’ in income under plans to scrap universal credit increase bit.ly/33INX22
Many households are expected to be reliant on the UK's benefits system over winter, which is one of the least generous of any wealthy nation...
Covid-19 is expected to cause a big rise in those living on less than $1.90 a day, says the World Bank.
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionExtreme poverty set for first rise since 1998, World Bank warns bbc.in/3jIU0tk
The coronavirus expected to push up to 115 million people into that category. By 2021, this could rise to 150 million. Extreme poverty is defined as living on less than £1.50 a day.
The government is using a "poorly designed" system which “threatens the rights of people most at risk of poverty", claims Human Rights Watch.
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunion“I skip a meal so my children can eat and to ensure that the bills are paid.”
A design flaw in #UniversalCredit's algorithm is forcing people to go hungry, fall into debt and face psychological distress, a human rights charity says
“Devastating” new official figures showing how many disabled people have died from coronavirus demonstrate that the government has violated its obligation to protect their right to life, says a lea…
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionDr Marie Tidball: “devastating” ONS figures confirm that govt violated its obligation to protect disabled people’s right to life bit.ly/3kFlC2u
“It feels like there's a collective acceptance that disabled people will die because that’s ‘just what is to be expected’."
Almost 900 000 deaths in England over the past decade and a half have occurred prematurely because of social inequalities, a study has concluded.1
Researchers at University College London examined records from the UK Office for National Statistics...
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionAlmost 900 000 deaths in England between 2003 and 2018 have occurred prematurely because of social inequalities, a UCL study has concluded.
The woman, who has 'worked all her life', was referred to a charity which says her story is not unusual
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionA desperate mum at her wits' end after losing a job & waiting for #UniversalCredit during the pandemic, was caught stealing fruit & sandwiches for her children. bit.ly/3mFw2ku
But, instead of charging her for theft, police sent her to @L6Centre to get food & support. 👏🏽
'The pandemic has exposed the power of what happens when we stand together in the face of adversity'
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunion"The pandemic has exposed the power of what happens when we stand together in the face of adversity. We must harness this power to create the changes needed to prevent many more people being locked into poverty this winter."
Yekaterina Chzhen discusses how the UK fares on child wellbeing when compared to other developed countries. She writes that, although progress had been made on child poverty reduction and child hea…
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionThe 'lost decade' of austerity: the UK makes no progress on child wellbeing | LSE blogs bit.ly/32PG21q
The latest UNICEF report on child wellbeing in developed countries puts the United Kingdom in 27th place out of 38, wedged between Latvia and Slovakia.
About eight of out 10 of those questioned admitted they were in a worse financial position than before the Covid-19 outbreak struck in March, according to a study by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionResearch reveals that living standards of the poorest families have been clobbered during the #coronavirus crisis bit.ly/2D1Ctwg
83% struggled to pay for food
76% struggled to pay utility bills
47% struggled to pay housing costs.
53% struggled with child-related costs
When individuals apply for benefits, they have to wait five weeks for their first payment. This is part of the Universal Credit welfare system, conceived in 2010 by the then work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith. This payment delay is one...
Ben Claimant 💚 #joinaunionWhat an absolute bastard Duncan Smith really is, admitting this now when he had so many opportunities to change it when he was in charge