Child Poverty

Children First: We Must End London's Child Poverty

Ivan Massow | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ivan Massow

It's every Londoner's duty to create a city that cradles and nurtures our future generations. 4 in 10 children in London live in poverty. That's 597,...

Number Of Working Parents Whose Children Are Living In Poverty Is Staggering

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Parents

Nearly two-thirds of children living in poverty are living with parents who work. In a new study by The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the num...

Child Poverty Report Reveals Two-Thirds Of Poor Children Have Working Parents

PA | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK

Almost two-thirds of children in poverty are living with parents who work, according to a new study. While levels of absolute child poverty were un...

You Can't Eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and They Won't Keep You Warm

Nick Stephenson | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

The child poverty figure was out this week, and it surprised many people by showing no overall rise. This wasn't the success the Conservatives tried to present it as; there is a target in place that commits the government to eradicating child poverty by 2020, the end of the current parliament, and this needs the figure to fall significantly every year with 2.3 million still below the breadline.

What Does It Mean to Be Poor in the UK Today?

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Gerri McAndrew

Now that the safety net of local welfare support has shrunk and we face many more ominous cuts, who knows what the current state of poverty looks like now or what these figures will be by 2020? All I can say for sure is so long as this constant level of need remains, we will continue to provide for those who need support most.

Jack Monroe Slams Michael Portillo In Poverty Row: 'No One Gets Up The Duff To Claim Benefits'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics

Food blogger Jack Monroe and ex-Tory MP Michael Portillo clashed remarkably on BBC's This Week on Thursday. Monroe was invited on the show alongs...

Face the Problem of Child Poverty, Don't Mask It

Matthew Reed | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Most children in poverty in the UK are living in families that are in low-paid work. Today's figures show that, carrying on the steady rise over the last five years, this has now risen to 62%. Cuts to welfare will punish families that are already struggling to provide for their children and push them even deeper into poverty.

Child Poverty Figures Make 'Grim Reading'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has hailed the number of children living in relative poverty in UK falling to its lowest level sin...

We Have Lost Sight of What It Means to Understand and Fight Child Poverty

Christian Guy | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Christian Guy

We know what is required, and we need it fast. In a report published today the CSJ is calling on the Government to remove itself from legally binding child poverty income targets. Instead we urge a new annual reporting system focused on how ministers are tackling the root causes of poverty...

The Waugh Zone June 24 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday June 24, 2015... 1) POVERTY OF EXPECTATION As I pointed out in yesterday’s W...

Is This David Cameron's Cunning Plan To Cut Child Poverty?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron has signalled the end of the current child poverty target, claiming that it distorts what the Government is doing to help those in need....

Is the Real Price of Childcare Child Poverty?

Octavia Holland | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Octavia Holland

The government is committed to make work pay and deliver a fairer welfare system. It also has a duty to reduce child poverty enshrined in the Child Poverty Act. Acting on childcare for those who need it most - and acting now - will go some way to realising these promises.

Findings on Welsh Poverty Shame the Whole UK

Amelia Womack | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

Yesterday, Welsh assembly members issued a long-overdue warning over the government's failure to effectively tackle poverty. While poverty in most regions of the UK has fallen in recent years, in Wales the figure has remained static.

A Shadow Cast over the Sun: Vodafone Sol, Buxton Water and Assaults against Public Space

Lucy Bell | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Lucy Bell

Fighting against growing levels of precarity, unemployment, poverty and homelessness - in Spain and, contrary to what our government claims, in the UK - also requires us to reclaim what should belong to the state and its citizens, to us.

Open Letter to All Potential Mayoral Candidates (A Response Would Be Nice)

Kenny Imafidon | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kenny Imafidon

Despite London being home to thousands of millionaires, over a 100 billionaires and the business centre of Europe, poverty is a big problem here... with all the prosperity going on in our capital, almost 65,000 people are using food banks to survive.

What Four-Year-Olds Can Teach Us About Foodbanks and Government

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

Some changes really are instant. And if four year olds, with no voting power at all, living under the poverty line can still find a way to give lentils to starving babies? If they can feel powerful, purely because it never occurs to them that they don't have the power to change the world and help others?

The General Election Doesn't Matter - But Only If You're Russell Brand

Louise Pennington | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Pennington

Or, any other rich, white guy with a trust fund or 6 figure income or a banker or a footballer or a Russian oligarch or CEO of a multi-national corporation or a hedge fund manager. It matters to the vast majority of families living in the UK (and not "families" as defined by the current obsession with "hard-working families" rhetoric used to punish anyone who is not rich)

Energy Companies Need to Show Some Warmth to Families in Energy Debt

Matthew Reed | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK
Matthew Reed

Four in ten of the families we surveyed who had faced energy debt felt intimidated by their energy company, with 48% of families reporting that they were not treated with respect or given the support they needed.

Battersea's Hunger Shame

Will Martindale | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Politics
Will Martindale

Mike spent 30 years working on the railways. After a messy and costly divorce, Mike took out an easy-access loan. And then another. He couldn't keep up the repayments. He tells me he pawned his TV for £50. A few weeks ago, his doctor referred him to the Foodbank. "Coming here was hard", Mike says.

Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge Set to Introduce Key Brussels Conference on Children Rough Sleepers at EU Parliament

Nick Fouche | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Fouche

Besides their enhanced chances of subjection to violence or of being embroiled in crime either as victims or perpetrators, teens sleeping today in our cities' parks, upon shop doorsteps or 'sofa surfing' between friends and acquaintances often live in real peril of various forms of abuse by adults or older minors who observe their movements over time only to then take advantage of their powerlessness.

The Unacceptable Truth That Children in England Are Going Without the Basics

Nicky Hawkins | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK
Nicky Hawkins

Children are going without the basics and the systems designed to support families before they hit rock bottom are disappearing. As a parent, I find this heart breaking. As a citizen, I find it unacceptable and unjust.

In a Time of Austerity, Do the UK's Children Have to Suffer?

Lord Ashdown | Posted 31.12.2014 | UK
Lord Ashdown

The recession means that, whoever governs we are now in the grip of austerity politics and will be for some years to come. Because we faced that challenge our economy is now recovering. But this makes that other challenge, the task of lifting children out of poverty, much harder and much more difficult.

Cost of School Leading to Bullying for Children in Poverty - Action Needed

Matthew Reed | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

A third of children living in the poorest families said they had fallen behind at school because their family couldn't afford a computer or internet access.

We're On The Verge Of Becoming A 'Permanently Divided' Nation

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Politics

Britain is on the verge of becoming a "permanently divided" nation with the poorest in society left behind, a major new report has warned. In a sta...

Putting Rungs in Place to Help Pupils Climb Out of Poverty

Sophie Livingstone | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Livingstone

Last week, it was great to see one Cabinet Minister getting out of the 'conference zone'. Justine Greening might be Secretary of State for International Development but while in Birmingham, she took the opportunity to find out what's going on closer to home with a visit to a school in one of the most deprived parts of the city.