UK energy-saving efforts collapse after government subsidy cuts

Only 10,000 upgrades such as loft insulation happen each month compared with 65,000 in 2014, report showsEfforts to end fuel poverty and energy waste by making the UK’s draughty homes more efficient have collapsed by almost 85%, according to new govern…

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G7 leaders to back tech revolution for African women

Leaders to back Gates Foundation call to help rural poor and women access mobile bankingWorld leaders are to pledge to shape the technological revolution sweeping through Africa by acting to lift the threat of 400 million predominantly rural women bein…

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Weak pay rises and dearer housing fuel jump in working poor, says IFS

Number in poverty rises to 8m, with 60% living in households where someone works Britain has seen a big jump in the working poor since the 1990s, with almost three out of five people below the official poverty line living in a household where at least …

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The rise of social supermarkets: ‘It’s not about selling cheap food, but building strong communities’

Millions of Britons struggle to put food on the table. Are social supermarkets, where surplus stock from big retailers is discounted, the solution?Near the tills, in what looks, at first glance, like a standard convenience store, is a shelving unit cra…

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Inequality is the scourge of modern Britain. Is it finally about to be addressed? | Larry Elliott

A damning new study on social injustice should mirror the postwar Beveridge report, and call for wholesale changes to the economyReports by the great and the good are ten a penny. All too often they are an excuse for kicking a tricky political issue de…

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‘You can’t really win’: 4m Britons in poverty despite having jobs

Unemployment is at its lowest since the 70s but some workers struggle to make ends meet“I’m a bit scatty with things like this,” Gemma admits when talking about her finances. It was not scattiness that meant she struggled to make ends meet when taking …

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Britain risks heading to US levels of inequality, warns top economist

Sir Angus Deaton says UK is at risk of extreme inequality in pay, wealth and healthRising inequality in Britain risks putting the country on the same path as the US to become one of the most unequal nations on earth, according to a Nobel-prize winning …

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