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Past articles by Hannah:

Free school meals: Everything you need to know

We outline free school meals eligibility, how much it costs, how children can access them, and the situation over the school holidays → Read More

Food poverty in the UK: The causes, figures and solutions

As the cost of living crisis makes food poverty a growing issue, we explain what you need to know about the UK's hunger crisis → Read More

Here’s how to find a food bank near you

Times are tough right now amid the cost of living crisis. Here's how to find a food bank near you and donate if you can offer extra support → Read More

UK poverty: the facts, effects and solutions in a cost of living crisis

The cost of living crisis is driving disadvantaged households further into hardship. These are the UK poverty facts you need to know → Read More

HS2: The case for and against Britain's biggest infrastructure project

Parts of HS2 have already been derailed. But does the project represent the future of transport in Britain, or is it time to scrap it? → Read More

Wales has stopped building new roads. Will other countries go down the same route?

To reduce our reliance on cars, radical changes are needed, so the Welsh government's road-building freeze is a shift in the right direction → Read More

Five ways the cost of living is rising – and how to get help if you’re struggling

The cost of living crisis is squeezing millions of households. We've broken down exactly what's changing - and where to get help. → Read More

Is your bank funding fossil fuels? Here's how to find out

Banks have continued to invest in fossil fuels in spite of pledges to reach net zero. Here's how to check if your money is contributing. → Read More

How can I help homeless people during a UK heatwave?

With UK heatwave temperatures set to soar, people sleeping on the streets are at risk. Here's how you can help. → Read More

What is the national food strategy?

The national food strategy could transform how we produce, obtain and eat food. Here's what you need to know about the project → Read More

Inflation: Elderly people are riding buses all day to stay warm, experts warn ministers

Inflation hit a 30-year high in March but the government "chose" not to use benefits to help those on the lowest incomes, analysts said → Read More

15 ways Rishi Sunak hiked tax while his family avoided it

With Rishi Sunak under pressure over tax avoidance, analysts said he piled pressure on household budgets through more than a dozen tax hikes → Read More

Ministers’ logic ‘difficult to comprehend’ as benefits hit 35-year low

Today's 3.1 per cent benefits increase amounts to the single biggest real-terms cut in 50 years, poverty analysts warned → Read More

Food banks near ‘breaking point’ as poverty soars, PM told

Hundreds of food banks wrote to Downing Street warning they could soon be unable to "plug the gaps" left by patchy benefits and low wages → Read More

Right-wing think tank tells Sunak to ‘stop being allergic to welfare’

New polling shows the majority of UK voters want ministers to increase benefits to cover the soaring cost of living → Read More

‘A national scandal’: High court rejects appeal to keep disability benefits in line with universal credit

A judge previously ruled that government refusal to give those on legacy benefits the £20-per-week increase in lockdown was not discriminatory → Read More

Child poverty in the UK: The definitions, details, causes, and consequences

Here's what you need to know about child poverty in the UK: How it's defined and how it affects children living below the breadline → Read More

UK poverty: the facts, figures and effects

The Covid-19 crisis has driven disadvantaged households further into hardship. These are the UK poverty facts you need to know → Read More

What would happen if you lost your internet access overnight? We asked the public

Nearly a quarter of people surveyed by YouGov for The Big Issue said losing internet access would wreak chaos on their lives → Read More

‘The impact could be fatal’: Jack Monroe urges MPs to support families amid cost of living crisis

Monroe joined an expert panel warning MPs of the "fatal" effects the cost of living crisis could have on UK families this year → Read More