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Society & Welfare

We believe in full employment and work for all those who want it, but those who cannot work should get decent benefits that lift them out of poverty, and a safety net that protects those experiencing difficult times.

Women, crime and inequality

09 Dec 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Official statistics show that you’re more likely to be a victim of violent crime or domestic abuse if you are a woman and if you live in a poorer part of the country. A woman living in one of the most deprived parts of the country is nearly four times as likely as a man…




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The Child Maintenance Service is changing and it matters

24 Nov 2016, by in Society & Welfare

At single parents’ charity Gingerbread, we’re campaigning to ensure the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is fit for purpose for the UK’s two million single parent families. Launched in September 2016, our campaign Maintenance Matters calls for a fairer charging system and zero-tolerance on non-payment of child maintenance. Today, there are 3.1 million children from single…




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Universal Credit changes in Autumn Statement 2016 won’t make up for cuts that hit families and low-paid workers

23 Nov 2016, by in Society & Welfare

The Chancellor’s announcement of a small cut in the Universal Credit taper rate goes nowhere near making up for the cuts his predecessor announced in July 2015, which will leave many low-paid working families hundreds – even thousands – of pounds worse off a year. As the End Child Poverty (*) coalition put it, today’s…




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Life and death: a tale of inequality

11 Oct 2016, by in Society & Welfare

The latest figures for life expectancy and healthy life expectancy show that where you live can be a matter of life and death: the more deprived your town or district, the lower your life expectancy. The data, from the Office for National Statistics, show life expectancy for men and women for England and then for local districts…




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Housing crisis solved at #CPC16?

04 Oct 2016, by in Society & Welfare

Perhaps not quite yet, I fear. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State  for Communities and Local Government announced a new scheme to support house-building at the Conservative Party Conference yesterday, saying that: “We want to ensure everyone has a safe and secure place to live and that means we’ve got to build more homes”. I quite…




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