Category - poverty

  • 5 Dec 2013

    Pension age will keep rising, UK chancellor George Osborne announced in his autumn statement today (5 December 2013). Young people now finishing their education will probably have to wait until they are in their 70s. This will have a devastating effect on some areas and sections of society.

  • 5 Dec 2013

    The rising number of working people living in poverty is causing the government to spend billions more than planned on social security, says the TUC.

  • 29 Nov 2013

    The Kirk "cares about the needs of everyone in Scotland and is often in the areas where it is most difficult to be", its Moderator has told Westminster MPs.

  • 11 Nov 2013

    The poorest and most vulnerable currently live on the edge of a precipice. If they put a foot wrong, they are plunged over the edge into poverty, destitution, perhaps homelessness. Missing an appointment at the Jobcentre, or even just being late for an appointment, can lead to benefit sanctions which leave them with little or no income. This, to a large extent, accounts for the ever-rising numbers of people dependent on a foodbank to survive.

  • 30 Oct 2013

    The UK supreme court has confirmed that the government had broken the law through failing to supply adequate information about its work-or-starve schemes for jobless people. Yet, by and large, ministers are succeeding in inflicting terrible hardship on many unemployed and sick people, as Citizens Advice Bureau research reveals.

  • 29 Oct 2013
  • 28 Oct 2013

    British Christian leaders have criticised Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, for failing to apologise on behalf of the government for misrepresenting the poor.

  • 27 Oct 2013

    Members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are asking Congress to oppose proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

  • 15 Oct 2013

    Today, the International Day of Rural Women (15 October), a social entrepreneur from Burma celebrates her award-winning status as a creative rural woman.

  • 29 Sep 2013

    The Priority Areas Committee of the Church of Scotland has won the European Anti-Poverty Network Award for their work against poverty and social exclusion.