Child Poverty

The Lords Are Not Our Saviour

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Adrienne Macartney

We illegally bomb 'democracy' into foreign lands that happen to possess resource or geopolitical value. We all play a role in these 'liberty' crusades. We are all culpable proselytizers of democracy at any price. Yet the dis-united Kingdom remains a feudal land.

The Waugh Zone April 14, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday April 14, 2016… 1) THE NARCOLEPTIC EUROSCEPTIC It’s taken several months, but Jeremy Corbyn w...

Teachers Fighting to Deliver Pupils' Rights

Chris Keates | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Chris Keates

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01HRS FRIDAY 25 MARCH Teachers and school leaders from across the country will be gathering in Birmingham over...

Watch Heartbreaking Response To Child Eating From Rubbish Bins

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK

A young boy with dirt on his face and clothing was filmed scavenging for food in rubbish bins - and dozens of people ignored him. Some even stepped ar...

The Waugh Zone March 2, 2016

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday March 2, 2016… 1) TRUMP TOWERS I know British politicos tend to get overly-seduced by the glam...

Bishops Line Up To Blast Tory Minister For Child Poverty Reforms

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK

Religious leaders have piled on to attack Conservative ministers' attempts to reform laws affecting child poverty. Bishops sitting in the House of ...

Thatcherism Redux is Coming Undone, As Cameron and Co. Acquire the Habit of Defeat

Christian Garland | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The incumbent Tory government of David Cameron and co. seemed to be under the illusion that since it scraped a majority at last year's general election, it could do what it liked to the country and the (post-political) 'what works' ideology of Thatcherism Redux could be freely imposed at will. Fast forward to the last few weeks and it becomes very apparent that that is not at all the case.

Millions Of Children Prepare To Face Families' Benefit Freeze Imposed By IDS

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

More than seven million children will be affected by family members being hit by a four-year benefit freeze, research has shown. The Children’s S...

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 people are already...

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 11.08.2016 | 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 10.08.2016 | 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 24.07.2016 | 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 02.07.2016 | 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 29.06.2016 | 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 25.06.2016 | 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 24.06.2016 | 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 WaughZone (and repo...

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....