4 million children now live in households on Universal Credit
- New official data shows that the number of children in low-income families receiving universal credit has risen to four million.
- According to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), this is half a million more than this time last year.
- It is estimated that 800,000 children live in poverty but miss out on free school meals because their parents earn more than £7400 a year, excluding benefits.
- The Independent’s ‘Feed the Future’ campaign urges the government to help more children with free school meals by including those on Universal Credit, who are currently exempt from the scheme.
- For more on this story, please visit the Independent’s website.
Awaab Ishak: Toddler’s mould death unacceptable
- Housing secretary Michael Gove has said that the death of a toddler living with mould in his home is an “unacceptable tragedy”.
- Awaab Ishak was two years old when he died of a respiratory condition caused by the mould in his family home.
- Awaab’s father repeatedly raised this issue with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing but no action was taken.
- The minister said the government was bringing forward legislation to ensure housing associations responsible for providing social housing are “held to account”.
- For more on this story, please visit the BBC News website.
Police launch investigation after sex abuse victims’ details appear online
- An investigation has been launched after a police force accidentally published personal details about victims of sexual abuse on its website.
- The information published online is said to have contained names and addresses of victims of sexual assault and details of the alleged sexual offences committed against them.
- The breach was also thought to have contained information relating to the suspects.
- Police say the data was removed as soon as the security breach was discovered.
- For more on this story, please visit ITV’s website.
Almost 30,000 young people facing homelessness in England this Winter
- Centrepoint estimates that at least 29,500 people aged 16-14 will present to their local council as homeless or at risk of homelessness between October-December.
- This is up 8.5% from the number who approached their local authority last year.
- England footballers have joined together for a short film for Centrepoint’s #NotComingHome campaign, highlighting the struggle of young people who do not have a place to come home to.
- A Government spokesperson has said “We are investing £2 billion over 3 years so we can end rough sleeping and prevent homelessness”.
- For more on this story please visit the Evening Standard’s website.