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PRS expansion undermines Scottish Governments hopes of reducing poverty

02 May, 20140 Comments
According to recent research by one of the largest UK social policy research charities, the proportion of Scottish households now privately rented has risen from 7% in 1991 to 14% today. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation have also found that : On average, PRS rents are 86% higher than social housing rents. Scotlands historically large share of social
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Is “rent to buy” cashing in on poverty?

09 April, 20140 Comments
Today the BBC have reported on a growing number of people who are turning to companies that offer weekly rental services to buy household items when money is tight. Companies such as Brighthouse, which allow weekly payment instalments over a number of months or years to buy items, have grown rapidly since the economic downturn.
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Universal Credit will fail to encourage full-time work?

30 October, 20120 Comments
A new report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation today suggests Universal Credit (UC) could see people worse off in work and struggling to manage their finances, with many left to deal with a more complex benefits system than before. Key points found by the report include: Switching to monthly single payments to households is a
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