GM Poverty Action Newsletter

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Among the articles in this edition are :- How might the two-child limit policy be affecting children’s early learning? As of April 2023, around 1.5 million children live in households affected by the two-child limit policy, which results in an estimated annual financial loss of up to £3,235 per child for affected families. Pushed under, pushed out You will often find debt and poverty come hand in hand. Low income, poor living standards, ill health, relationship breakdown and unemployment are all interconnected. Divided by despair – exploring deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide across England In the wake of the ‘Deaths of Despair’ (DoD) phenomenon observed in the United States in 2015, Christine Camacho and Dr Luke Munford explore regional disparities in these deaths within England. Policy and research updates Schools are using their own budgets to stop children going hungry, with nearly 40 per cent of school leaders saying they provide free school meals to pupils who are not eligible. Read more. UK cost-of-living crisis drives 118% increase in prepaid card useRead more. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released new statistics showing that fraud in the disability benefits system is a ‘non-issue’. Read more. Petitions We want a full review and reform of Carer’s Allowance to ensure that it works well at supporting unpaid carers, including raising the level and eligibility criteria for the benefit. We also want systems to be modernised and urgent action from DWP to cap and prevent large overpayment debts for carer As a minimum we want every Jobcentre to have a private interview room, in order to provide privacy and dignity to service users. Private rooms could enable claimants to feel safe to discuss their circumstances, without other people listening in and help preserve their dignity

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