Child Poverty

Generation Nutrition - If We Act Now, We Can End Child Deaths From Hunger in Our Lifetime

Glen Tarman | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK
Glen Tarman

We know that if we can make governments change the way they set their priorities, children's lives will be saved. We need to ensure that the issue of acute malnutrition doesn't only hit the headlines when natural disasters strike or when war erupts.

May To Cut Migration, By Redefining It

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been accused of trying to "make the figures fit the politics" over proposals to cut net migration by nearly 20,000 a year by shortenin...

Why Osborne And IDS Are Wrong On Child Poverty - In 10 Shocking Facts

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has backed down on plans to redefine how child poverty is measured, after critics leapt up to warn that ...

New Child Poverty Strategy Is Last Chance for Coalition to Show It's Serious About Ending Child Poverty

Alison Garnham | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

This week's Child Poverty Strategy will set the course for the next three years - taking us halfway to the target date. There is no silver bullet for ending child poverty, and the strategy needs to work on a number of fronts.

Shocking Facts About Child Poverty You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is speeding ahead with plans to redefine how child poverty is measured in Britain in response to a wave of criticism of his welfare ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The £200bn Price Tag On Scottish Independence

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 24 February 2014... 1) THE £200BN PRICE TAG ON SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Both the UK and Scotti...

Live Below the Line Challenge 2014: Raising Awareness on Poverty

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

The annual global anti-poverty campaign Live Below the Line 2014 challenges people to experience living on only £1 a day for food and drink. The challenge runs over 5 days from the 28th April to 2nd May 2014 in the UK and on various other dates in participating international countries.

Changing the World With Data

David Bull | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
David Bull

Twenty five years ago the world made a promise to children - a promise enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We promised every child the right to survive and be healthy, the right to an education and the right never to be subjected to violence. Through the use of data, we can tell where and how far those promises are, and are not, being kept and identify what more needs to be done to fulfil them.

We Must Stop the 'Painful Increase' in Need for Donations of Food and Clothing

Jacob Tas | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

On the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year staff at Action for Children are working to support the poorest families across the UK stay warm and fed. This is a sad reflection of the worsening effects of the tough economic times we are in; in previous years we handed out presents during the festive season.

Is a Child's Future Determined By Their Background in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a time of economic austerity it is hardly surprising that public opinion has turned to those receiving benefits from the state, particularly those who do not work. Repeated stereotyping and manipulation of statistics in the media have painted many of Britain's poorest citizens as lazy good-for-nothings living a life of luxury at our expense.

Ministers Accused Of Reducing Fuel Poverty By Cheating

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2013 | UK Politics

Every government wants to reduce the number of people living in poverty - whether it's fuel poverty or child poverty. One way, of course, is to sim...

The Children of Iain Duncan Smith's Sanctions Are Cold and Suffering

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Among the UK's three million poor children, itself a shameful number in a wealthy society, more than half said their home was too cold last winter, three-quarters said they often worried about money, and a quarter said their house had damp or mould.

You Know You're POOR When...

Kerrie McGiveron | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kerrie McGiveron

You know you're POOR when you have to queue at the local food bank because you just can't see where your next meal is coming from. You know you're poor when that package of food is what will sustain your family for the next few days.

British Children Living In Cold And Damp, Study Says

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK

Britain's children are living in cold, cramped homes, infested with damp and mould, because parents cannot afford to keep them warm, according to new ...

Social Mobility: We Must Rout Poor Jobs Before We Tackle Child Poverty

Katie Schmuecker | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK Politics
Katie Schmuecker

The government must make in-work poverty more central to its efforts to tackle child poverty. This is one of the most striking and important conclusions in the wide ranging report published today by the Government's Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission. The report assesses government progress on tackling child poverty and social mobility, and identifies areas where activity needs to be stepped up.

Failing Child Poverty Strategy Needs Revamp

Alison Garnham | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK
Alison Garnham

We have waited a long time for it, so it's good to see the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission publish its first progress report today. Mandated to assess how the government is doing in reducing child poverty and increasing social mobility, the report aims to provide a 'state of the nation' account of how the UK fairs.

Too Poor for Nature

David Bond | Posted 03.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

These three million children are not just growing up in material poverty, but in environmental poverty. They can not afford nature... Children growing up in deprived areas are more likely to be underweight at birth, and obese in their teens. They are at much greater risk from accidental injury in the home and tend to perform worse at school.

All Children Should Be Born Equal: Join the Girls' Network in the Fight for Equality

Katie Wright | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Wright

At a time when Mayor of London Boris Johnson believes women only go to university to 'find a husband', it is vital that young girls know their worth, are filled with self-belief, and receive support equal to that of their male peers. Mentoring is an amazing opportunity to help others, give back to a community, build relationships and help young girls achieve the futures they rightly deserve.

Are We Missing Something? Increasing Literacy and Reducing Poverty

Emily McCoy | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK Politics
Emily McCoy

As politicians and Think Tanks start shaping future policy ahead for the 2015 General Election, we argue that literacy should become a priority for policies to tackle Child Poverty and social exclusion.

The Schools That Do Less to Help Poorer Children

Bob Morgan | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

If you are a child born into a poor family in the UK you are less likely to do well at school, less likely to do well in life and ultimately die at a younger age. This is grossly unfair but true for thousands of our young people.

The Government Is Failing Families on the Tipping Point Between Hardship and Financial Crisis

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Statistics published on Friday worryingly put the government on course to miss its legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020. It is a national scandal that the 21st Century, child poverty in this country is continuing to affect children's lives.

Jessica Elgot

Two Thirds Of Children In Poverty 'From Working Families' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

A dramatic rise in children living in poverty-stricken working families has alarmed campaigners, with the government urged to take actions by charitie...

From Words to Action on Child Poverty

Caroline Davey | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

It is striking that, in contrast to the public appetite for action on child poverty - with almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of the public believing that the government should be doing more in this area - so many austerity measures announced and introduced in the last few years have disproportionately affected families with children.

Kids Aren't Free

Caroline Davey | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

Seems obvious doesn't it? In fact, kids cost a lot of money to raise, and a major new research study shows that far too many of the poorest children raised in single parent households still don't receive a penny in child maintenance from their child's other parent.

The Opportunity to End Child Hunger and Malnutrition Is Now

David Bull | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK
David Bull

Peter is just one of many millions of children who have not had access to the right nutrients in their first 1,000 days of life. Without this crucial nutrition in their first days and years, they cannot develop mentally and physically. Peter is just one of 165million children facing a life of lost potential and pain.