Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Teachers are using their own money to care for their students, it has been revealed. A survey found 51% of teachers have taken steps to provide care for poorer students, in some cases providing food, and in other cases money … Continue reading Teachers are providing food and money for school uniforms and trips to poor pupils

Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap

The benefit cap ruled “unlawful” by the High Court is believed to hit 20,000 families, and Labour are now pressuring the government to listen to the ruling. The court said the cap causes “real misery for no good reason” and … Continue reading Labour pressure government to listen to High Court ruling on “unlawful” benefit cap

Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

Steve Coogan has accused the government of going through the backdoor to kill state education with “death by a thousand cuts”. He insists state education is “not a privilege – it’s a right.” He says he is not prepared to … Continue reading Coogan says the government has been “slowly killing state education with death by a thousand cuts”

The Rural Coalition calls on government to stop people in rural areas from being “left behind”

A coalition of organisations has called on the government to ensure there is affordable housing in rural areas, to avoid them becoming “enclaves of the affluent”. They say that nine million people are at risk of being left behind unless … Continue reading The Rural Coalition calls on government to stop people in rural areas from being “left behind”

“Ordinary working families” are getting poorer under Theresa May, says new report

Anti poverty charity Joseph Rowntree Foundation have reported that higher inflation plus the benefit freeze and other reforms means many families “are getting further away from a livable income”, according to Buzzfeed. A family in which one adult works full-time … Continue reading “Ordinary working families” are getting poorer under Theresa May, says new report

Grenfell father and daughter still waiting to be rehoused after three weeks: “Give us houses that we want”

Hayam Atmani, a young girl who has been having nightmares about waking up to another fire, says the other people who lived in Grenfell were “very close … like family”, and she burst into tears she spoke about losing them. … Continue reading Grenfell father and daughter still waiting to be rehoused after three weeks: “Give us houses that we want”

Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt

The abolition of maintenance grants in 2015 has disproportionately affected the poorest, according the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Richer students would run up much smaller debts, it was found. Jack Britton, one of the IFS report’s authors, said that changes … Continue reading Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt