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Poorest And Most Vunerable The Hardest Hit : Especially Those NOT Able To Work !!! Half Of The 8.4 Million Carer Army ? - Page 7 - Carers UK Forum

Poorest And Most Vunerable The Hardest Hit : Especially Those NOT Able To Work !!! Half Of The 8.4 Million Carer Army ?

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The Yorkshire Post says : “ Dickensian picture ” of poverty is deeply worrying.

Teachers’ concerns that many young people are living in a “poverty trap” that is damaging to their education must be a wake-up call to the Government.

Every child deserves the best chance in life - but a new survey by the National Education Union (NEU) suggests many do not have that opportunity.

At least half of respondents said that there were children at their school who would go hungry over Christmas and almost two thirds believed more families were unable to afford adequate shoes and clothing this winter compared to in 2015 - shameful findings for which the union blames cuts to welfare, schools and children’s services.

This “Dickensian picture” of poverty, as Joint General Secretary of the NEU Dr Mary Bousted rightly puts it, is deeply worrying and it is simply unacceptable that in 2018 any child should go hungry irrespective of the time of the year or that their welfare should be compromised in this way.

Equally concerning is that more than 80 per cent of teachers identified a rise in absences and concentration and behavioural issues among children whose families were struggling to make ends meet, an alarming indication that those in poverty are disadvantaged when it comes to education and preparation for adult life.

Though much of the Government’s focus is understandably on the UK’s imminent exit from the European Union, this survey should serve as a reminder to those in power that they must not take their eye off the ball when it comes to domestic matters. For we cannot ignore the distressing reality faced by far too many families and children in this country.
Hard-pressed families may spend four times the amount they need to on popular gifts this Christmas by paying weekly with rent-to-own firms

Rent-to-own websites let customers pay weekly for items over a period of time.

It means users can end up paying hundreds more than if bought it elsewhere.

End cost for certain laptops can be £1k compared to £250 in Argos.

What are the alternatives ?

There are other websites, including the website Fair For You, which is a not for profit lending company that was set up to provide finance to families who do not have access to mainstream credit.

However, these items still carry a relatively high interest of 50 per cent and it primarily offers household essentials, such as tumble driers and fridge freezers, as opposed to entertainment items, like televisions and gaming consoles.

Credit unions are also another option for those who may be struggling to pay for essential items. The community run, not-for-profit financial organisations offer electrical and household goods through low cost-to-own agreements.

Grace Brownfield, senior public policy advocate at StepChange Debt Charity, said: 'Rent-to-own is an expensive way of buying things, targeted at people who can't afford to buy them without borrowing, but costing them much more than high street prices.

'We are excited that the Government is going to pilot a "No Interest Loan Scheme" next year.

'This will hopefully mean that people who really need essentials can get access to more sustainable ways of paying for them.'

The No Interest Loan scheme introduced is aimed as an alternative for those who currently borrow from high-cost credit firms.

Although it may seem obvious, it is always worth looking to buy items second hand, which will be much cheaper than buying items new.

Planning ahead and saving over the course of the year could help you buy the product outright.

For example, by saving five pounds a week, as opposed to paying that money to a company like BrightHouse, by Christmas, you will have saved enough to purchase the ASUS laptop listed above.

The StepChange spokesperson added: 'Over time, savings can build up to provide a rainy day fund that can reduce the need for people to have to borrow, which is especially valuable if they would otherwise be charged high rates for their borrowing.

'If people can manage to save, it's a big help towards budgeting ahead for spending like Christmas, reducing the likelihood of resorting to borrowing.'

That traditional time of the year when the vultures are circling in even greater numbers !

Especially when so called " Essentials " ... cooker / washing machine / boiler for example ... need replacing.
Another newbie Minister off to a flying start ... and a former carer as well ?
Grandparents should be taken on family holidays, says minister.

Grandparents should be taken on family holidays, the minister responsible for tackling loneliness has said.

Mims Davies said British people could learn from how Mediterranean nations involve grandparents in their lives.

The new sport and civil society minister told the Sunday Telegraph that communities had a "moral duty" to stop the elderly feeling abandoned.

14 million or so ... and rising ... on The Street ... close to / at / below the Official Poverty Line.

For them , a holiday ?

Days of old , a family would have a whip round so as to ensure that the kids got a few days off on holiday during the summer ... a bonus if at least one parent accompanied them.

For many ... an extended visit to their grandparents on another manor ... would count as a holiday if monies were that tight.

Even back to the 1950s and hop picking in Kent ... hundreds if not low thousands of children accompanied their parents on those type of " Holidays " ... many who grew up in South London look back fondly at those days and times.

Any different in 2018 ?

Monies ... if only ?
MPs want hunger minister role introduced.

A group of MPs wants the government to introduce a Minister for Hunger to respond to a growth in food insecurity in the UK - especially among children.

The Environmental Audit Committee highlighted 2017 Unicef figures showing 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food.

It says ministers have failed to recognise and respond to the problem.

The government says the number of children living in workless households is at a record low.

But MPs say the number of people without reliable access to affordable, nutritious food - or food insecure - is "significant and growing", with the unemployed, sick or those with children most likely to be affected.

The committee wants to see the appointment of a new minister with "responsibility and accountability for combating hunger and food insecurity within the UK".

The job would involve exploring the scale, causes and impact of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and implementing strategies to improve the situation.

The committee's report also highlights the close relationship between hunger and obesity.

"Insufficient access to food may lead to risk-averse purchasing habits and prioritisation of low-priced, filling foods with long shelf lives - which are often nutrient poor but calorie-rich," the report says.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Work and Pensions said that, since 2010, one million people had been lifted out of absolute poverty - including 300,000 children.

"Household incomes have never been higher and the number of children living in workless households is at a record low, but we know there's more to do ensure that every family has access to nutritious, healthy food," she said.

"We already provide support through free school meals and our Healthy Start Vouchers."

" A scandal "

But Labour MP Mary Creagh, who is chairwoman of the committee, said more children were growing up in homes where parents do not have enough money to put food on the table.

"The combination of high living costs, stagnating wages and often, the roll-out of Universal Credit and the wider benefits system, means that levels of hunger in Britain are some of the highest across Europe.

"We found that nearly one in five children under 15 are living in a food insecure home - a scandal which cannot be allowed to continue.

Ms Creagh said urgent action was needed.

"This can only be addressed by setting clear UK-wide targets and by appointing a Minister for Hunger to deliver them."

Emma Revie, chief executive of The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 420 food banks across the UK, welcomed the idea of a hunger minister.

"It's time for the government to take concrete steps towards a UK where everyone has enough money for food," she said.

"Although food bank volunteers are providing vital support to those in crisis, no charity can replace people having enough money for the basics.

"To end hunger, we need to understand the true scale of the challenge, and work across government to ensure everyone is anchored from being swept into poverty."

Perhaps the wrong move to solve the wrong problem ???

1. Encouraging all and sundry to work ... free childcare for many when they do so ... even if both parents work 35 hours on the minimum wage , there will be hardly anything left for " Luxuries " after the daily essentials have been paid for.

2. Freezing of benefits allied with the UC rollout ... enough of that as fully explored on other threads.

2. The children ... what is their fate growing up in such a society ... ???
Hunger in UK " Significant and growing " but ministers failing to act, MPs warn.

Ministers accused of letting food poverty " Fall between the cracks " as one in five British children living in a food insecure home.

Brexit ... while our politicians debate what flavour , society continues to implod.

Whichever flavour , reconstruction is going to be needed !!!
Hungry children " Eating from school bins " in Morecambe.

A cross-party group of MPs has called on the government to appoint a Minister for Hunger to deal with "food insecurity" especially among children.

Siobhan Collingwood, head teacher of the school in Morecambe, Lancashire, said one in 10 of its pupils came from families using foodbanks.

"Unfortunately I've got the faces behind the statistics," she added.

The Environmental Audit Committee highlighted 2017 Unicef figures showing 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food.

The government said the number of children living in workless households is at a record low.

Ms Collingwood said there were currently 35 children at her school whose families are supported by foodbanks, adding: "It's probably higher because they are the ones we know about."

"When children are food deprived it alters their behaviour and they do become quite food obsessed, so we have some children who will be stealing fruit cores from the bins," she added.

"We have children who have nothing in their lunch boxes and children who are just fixated upon food."

The head teacher said it was "heartbreaking" and added that parents had been "arriving at school literally bursting into tears telling me they have no means of feeding their children".

Ms Collingwood said she had noticed more problems since the introduction of Universal Credit.

"Families are coming in telling me they are routinely loaning food to each other, my day-to-day experience is telling me this is a growing problem."

A Department of Work and Pensions spokeswoman said that, since 2010, one million people had been lifted out of absolute poverty - including 300,000 children.

She added: "We already provide support through free school meals and our Healthy Start Vouchers."
Benefits freeze likely to end in 2020, says Amber Rudd.

Just the headline ... after all , it's the Government announcing something.
Winter likely to finish off some energy firms, analysts say.

More small energy suppliers are likely to go bust this winter, analysts say, leading to potential disruption and higher costs for customers.

Economy Energy was the latest to collapse earlier this month, following customer complaints about service including delayed bills and refunds.

It followed a string of similar collapses and analysts say five or 10 more could go as winter costs rise.

If so, domestic customers' supply is protected but their tariff is not.

What that brief report doesn't say ?

" And thousands more will be plunged into fuel poverty. "
Scrapping free TV licence for over-75s could push elderly into poverty, charity warns.

Millions of elderly people rely on their TV as their " Trusted companion and window on the world ", says Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK.

Classic case of a one price fixed " Tax " does NOT fit all !!!
New GPs sign up to poorest areas after £20,000 incentives.

More than 500 trainee doctors join practices in deprived communities since " Golden hellos " two years ago.

That headline speaks volumes !

Has it really come to this ... ???

“Over the past decade the GP workforce has fallen faster in the most deprived areas than in the wealthiest. This risks fuelling a vicious cycle of poorer access to care for those with the greatest need,” said Dr Becks Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation thinktank.

“Health Foundation analysis shows that the number of people living with multiple long-term health conditions is rising and so patients have increasingly complex needs. This is particularly the case in more deprived areas, where people reach the same level of illness a whole decade earlier than those in the most wealthy areas.”
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