Child Poverty

Redefining Child Poverty Doesn't Tackle the Issue - The Government Must Show That All Kids Count

Megan Jarvie | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
Megan Jarvie

Measuring child poverty does not require additional spending or a change of direction in government policy. But if you don't measure it, you can't tackle it. We are simply asking government to show that all kids count. Surely the time has come for us all to agree on that?

The Waugh Zone January 26, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Tuesday January 26, 2016… 1) BOREDOM PATROL Shot in the dark this, but I suspect most pe...

Why the 'Class Gap' Is Holding Back State School Students

Baroness Tyler | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Tyler

Our improving school system still has a huge problem. There is a 'class gap' that sees state school students under-represented at the top of higher education and in the workplace. Half of the current Cabinet come from private schools. This is unrepresentative, unequal and unfair.

Our Postcode Should Not Determine Our Children's Health

Keith Clements | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Clements

We must all hope that fresh eyes being cast on the challenge will re-invigorate the fight against health inequalities. It is clear that decision makers at all levels need to keep the faith and throw everything at this battle.

It Seems Children From Low-Income Families Are at the Bottom of the Government's List of Priorities

Alison Garnham | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

A 100 days but already the parents of a child born on the 8 May would be justified in feeling nervous about her future. Since its re-election, the Conservative government has brought in a raft of policies that may profoundly affect their child's life.

The First 100 Days: Missed Opportunities for Children and Young People

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Politics
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Too many young people struggle to live up to their potential because of the situation they were born into. The government didn't create this problem, but some of the changes introduced in their first 100 days will make it harder to overcome.

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.