Destitution among refused asylum seekers and refugees in the UK has more than doubled in 18 months, according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which describes the government’s policy on the issue as ‘unacceptable’. The number of children affected has quadrupled and rough sleepers have increased byRead More →

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), which forecast that repossessions in 2014 would reach at least 30,000, has reported the figure was 10 per cent lower than expected. However, the figure still represents an eight-year high. The CML believes that the ‘payment shock’ is likely to have less impactRead More →

Inequality in Britain is worse than ever according to a new study into childhood. Millions of children face ‘multiple deprivation‘ in adulthood as a result of the circumstances of their birth, the report – Reducing Inequalities – found. Using data from a study which tracked the lives of 17,000Read More →

In December, inflation fell to an annual rate of 3.1 per cent, from 4.1 per cent in November. The cut in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent contributed most to the fall, but the drop in mortgage rates also helped. However, high food, gas and electricityRead More →