Biggest rise in poverty recorded since Thatcher was in power – iNews

More than a third of UK children are now living in poverty.

Declining incomes for the poorest families, government austerity and Brexit have led to the biggest rise in UK poverty since Margaret Thatcher was in power, according to new projections from the Resolution Foundation.

The think tank’s predictions suggest real incomes for the poorest third of the working-age population fell by between £50 and £150 in 2017-18. Inflation rose above three per cent last year, while Tory cuts to tax credits and benefits affected the nation’s poorest. Poverty rate rises to 23.2 per cent

And all of this has led to the official poverty rate rising from 22.1 per cent to 23.2 per cent, according to Resolution Foundation calculations.

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Source: Biggest rise in poverty recorded since Thatcher was in power – iNews

Study: Children of same-sex parents are as happy and healthy as children of straight parents · PinkNews

A study has put an anti-gay myth to bed – by proving there is no difference between kids raised by same-sex couples and kids raised by straight couples.

The findings, published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that children of lesbian couples conceived through sperm donation were no more likely to have physical or emotional problems than the children of straight couples.

Researchers compared a group of twenty-five year-olds who had all been raised by same-sex couples to a sample of typical US twenty-five year-olds matched on sex, class, gender and ethnic background.

They found that the cohort raised by same-sex couples were just as happy in their relationships with their friends and family as those raised by straight couples.

Source: Study: Children of same-sex parents are as happy and healthy as children of straight parents · PinkNews

‘Gay conversion therapy’ to be banned as part of LGBT equality plan – BBC News

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Controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people.

A national survey of 108,000 members of the LGBT community suggested 2% have undergone the practice with another 5% having been offered it.

It also found more than two-thirds of LGBT people avoid holding hands in public, for fear of negative reactions.

The prime minister said nobody “should ever to have to hide who they are”.

A 75-point plan to improve the lives of LGBT people, costing £4.5m, has been produced in response to the survey.

Source: BBC News