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Bedroom tax: Samaritans called in to train housing staff as levy sparks suicide attempts

Bedroom tax: Samaritans called in to train housing staff as levy sparks suicide attempts | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Demand for training sessions with experts from the emotional support charity has shot up 48% in the past three months, the Sunday People reports.
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Bedroom tax in the UK......

How long will it take "before" the Australian government takes interest?

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#Budget2013 will not stem the rising tide of poverty | Joseph Rowntree Foundation

#Budget2013 will not stem the rising tide of poverty | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

The Chancellor's childcare announcement made a welcome move to help with the cost of living, says Donald Hirsch. But for those on the lowest incomes, the direction has all been backwards.

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Over-60s: say no to a bus pass if you have any conscience

Over-60s: say no to a bus pass if you have any conscience | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Henry Porter: Welfare expenditure has gone up, so leave the benefits for those who are truly needy
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The Starving Of The 11 Million – Independent

The Starving Of The 11 Million – Independent | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

For the past week I have had £31 to spend on food. Supermarket basics-range cornflakes and coffee have been my breakfast, home-made ham sandwiches my lunch, and for dinner I have been living off a big chilli I made early in the week, and buying frozen pizzas.

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Tory stockbroker who claimed ‘no poverty in UK’ to visit food bank

Tory stockbroker who claimed ‘no poverty in UK’ to visit food bank | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

A Tory councillor who caused outrage with his claims on poverty is to visit a food bank “to see how they work”. Chris Steward, who works as a stockbroker, said that there was no real poverty in the UK and that food banks gave scroungers more money to spend on fags ‘n’ booze

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Wow.  Good for him, well at least he will get to see the reality - here's hoping it will open his eyes.

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The Welfare Bill: A government of millionaires just made the poor poorer - and laughed as they did it

The Welfare Bill: A government of millionaires just made the poor poorer - and laughed as they did it | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

They cheered, they guffawed, they mocked. Picture the scene, and don't forget it as the next two and a half years of Cameron's Britain drag on: a smug pack of over-paid Tory MPs – some worth millions – sniggering as they prepared to slash the incomes of Britain's already struggling poor. Labour's Lisa Nandy and Ian Mearns pleaded with them in the Chamber, vainly, to stop laughing. Not since 1931 has a Government attempted to deliberately, consciously reduce the incomes of the poor.

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Benefits: taking money from the poor

Benefits: taking money from the poor | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Editorial: It used to be called social security. Now it's more often referred to as welfare, a subtle shift in language that gives a discretionary tinge to what should be a universal entitlement
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Tories set to lock poorest in poverty - Morning Star

Tories set to lock poorest in poverty - Morning Star | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

Experts warned yesterday that new welfare cuts that threaten to plunge more children into poverty, slash support for Britain's working poor and lock the unemployed out of jobs are based on "bogus claims."

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The despicable demonising of the poor

The despicable demonising of the poor | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Letters: All the coalition arguments for limiting benefit increases to 1% are devious and dishonest
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Nearly one million people forced to resort to payday lenders to pay rent or mortgage bills, Shelter report reveals

Nearly one million people forced to resort to payday lenders to pay rent or mortgage bills, Shelter report reveals | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
New figures reveal an estimated 7.8 million people now face a monthly battle to cover their rent or ­mortgage repayments
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Tory councillor who slammed food banks works as stockbroker

Tory councillor who slammed food banks works as stockbroker | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

A Tory councillor who slammed food banks as an unnecessary indulgence which giving the poor “more money to spend on alcohol” works as a stockbroker, it has emerged

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Councillor in attack on food bank

Councillor in attack on food bank | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
A SENIOR York politician has sparked a furious row by saying there is no real poverty in Britain and people should not donate to food banks.
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New homeless law comes into force

New homeless law comes into force | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Legislation which aims to effectively end homelessness in Scotland comes into force as part of a government commitment.
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Lancashire child poverty as bad as Victorian times

Lancashire child poverty as bad as Victorian times | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Child poverty in parts of Lancashire is as bad now as it was in Victorian times, a councillor claimed today.
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Our Welfare State Is Being Transformed Under False Pretences – The Guardian | Welfare News Service

Our Welfare State Is Being Transformed Under False Pretences – The Guardian | Welfare News Service | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

The government’s programme of austerity and the transformation of the welfare state, which defines their response, is to become a harsh reality in April 2013 when a range of different reforms come into force.

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Cold will kill 25,000 elderly says charity

Cold will kill 25,000 elderly says charity | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

AS MANY as 25,000 people are expected to die this winter due to health problems connected with the cold weather, warns Age UK, writes Lucy Johnston.

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Benefits 'may be axed for new pensioners'

Benefits 'may be axed for new pensioners' | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

PLANS are being drawn up that would scrap benefits for all new pensioners, it was reported last night.

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Fuel poverty means 1 in 4 choose eating over heating - uSwitch Energy News

Fuel poverty means 1 in 4 choose eating over heating - uSwitch Energy News | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

Rising energy bills are forcing many households to choose between eating and heating, according to a new survey that suggests the cost of keeping a home warm is a constant struggle for many people.

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Poorest Households Will Be Hit Hardest By Benefit Changes, Whitehall Admits – The Guardian

Poorest Households Will Be Hit Hardest By Benefit Changes, Whitehall Admits – The Guardian | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Britain's poorest households will be hit hardest by government plans to limit rises in working-age benefits to 1% in a bid to save £3.1bn by 2016, according to a Whitehall assessment rushed out shortly before MPs debated a controversial welfare bill.
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Factcheck: How does the Coalition score on food poverty and living standards? | Full Fact

Factcheck: How does the Coalition score on food poverty and living standards? | Full Fact | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

It's half term and the Coalition's report card is out. We look at Owen Jones' review of the Coalition's record on food poverty and living standards.

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Chav-bashing – a bad joke turning into bilious policy

Chav-bashing – a bad joke turning into bilious policy | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
John Harris: It started as snobbery, but this week the idea that the poor are to blame for their plight may well become law
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Food bank tots: Children as young as FOUR needing emergency help

Food bank tots: Children as young as FOUR needing emergency help | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
Worried teachers report children as malnourished and a social worker will be sent to check the family’s cupboards
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Charity slams food bank critic

Charity slams food bank critic | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

A charity that provides almost 300 food banks across the UK has criticised comments made by a Tory councillor questioning the need for the resource.

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Tory Councillor Claims Food Banks 'For People Who Can't Budget'

Tory Councillor Claims Food Banks 'For People Who Can't Budget' | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it
A Tory councillor's comments have been condemned as "disgraceful" after he claimed food banks "merely enable those who can't budget" and allowed people to "spend more money on alcohol and cigarettes." Conservative councillor for York Chris Steward...
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Union pays out record hardship cash

Union pays out record hardship cash | Tisme's Page | Scoop.it

A welfare fund set up by a trade union to help members pay heating and other bills paid out a record £750,000 last year.

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