Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s independence referendum vote, Scotland must get to grips with high levels of poverty in the country, says Julia Unwin.
Fifteen months after Council Tax Support was localised, new figures show that arrears have increased by 20 per cent.
The worst may be yet to come for UK households in poverty – only a comprehensive strategy can close the gap between their needs and resources.
Setting a Living Wage target should give government a little more focus, drive and leadership, says Katie Schmuecker.
The latest British Social Attitudes survey shows how important the public think it is to tackle poverty, says Helen Barnard.
Higher wages and targeted support are the best way to ensure the worst-off people benefit from recovery, says Chris Goulden.
By 2020 there will be 3.5 million children in poverty in the UK. We need a credible plan to do something about it, says Helen Barnard.
What’s the most important fact about ethnicity in the UK? There’s higher poverty among all ethnic minority groups than among White British people, says Helen Barnard.
The Scottish Government, local authorities and schools must act fast to give Scotland’s poorer children better life chances, say Sue Ellis and Edward Sosu.
Employers have an important part to play in reducing the UK’s huge problem with in-work poverty, says Katie Schmuecker – and zero-hours contracts are only part of that problem.
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