Low Income Families

UK Families Are Struggling to Afford Basics... And It's Not Just Food

Robin Boles | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Robin Boles

Much has been reported in recent months about providing food to families who are struggling to make ends meet, but unfortunately there is a much broader and deeper side to this story: a desperate need for everyday essentials, items that are getting left off the weekly shop long before people turn to food hand-outs.

Families Struggle With Cost of Looking After Homes

David Holmes | Posted 06.12.2013 | UK
David Holmes

Low income families are penalised by the poverty penalty that forces them to pay more for essential goods and services, because they are so often excluded from mainstream credit. This creates a cycle of debt and poverty, making it much harder for people to run a home, or in extreme circumstances, leaves them unable to afford the absolute basics such as beds and fridges. Unsurprisingly, the poorest and most vulnerable families are most likely to suffer from living in what are effectively "broken houses".

Sentamu Attacks Cameron Over 'National Scandal' Of Low Incomes

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK

John Sentamu has attacked David Cameron over the "national scandal" of low paid incomes in Britain, accusing the prime minister of offering only plati...

The Costs of Having a First Baby in Breadline Britain

David Holmes | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Holmes

Having a first baby is emotionally life-changing but the financial impact can be considerable too. Our new report, First Baby in Breadline Britain, finds that while mums-to-be generally realise there will be greater pressure on the family finances, the price tag attached to many items still comes as a shock.

Birthdays on the Breadline No Piece of Cake for Parents

David Holmes | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Politics
David Holmes

From the work Family Action does with low-income parents, it's clear that for many a worrying combination of rapid rises in living costs and welfare cuts is resulting in ever-tightening family budgets.

Spending Boost To Help Poor Students Reach University

Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Universities and colleges in England are spending more on trying to help students from low-income households and other under-represented groups gain p...

The Poorest Are Being Hardest Hit By Austerity, Stats Show

PA | Posted 26.08.2012 | UK Politics

The poorest members of society bore the brunt of tax and duty hikes under Chancellor George Osborne's deficit-busting austerity measures, official fig...

Shopping for Supplies and My First Day Living Below the Line

Gemma Tumelty | Posted 09.07.2012 | UK Politics
Gemma Tumelty

Lidl had an offer on tea bags, 27p for 80, this has made my week. So I bought 80 tea bags, two jacket potatoes, a bag of rice, a tin of chickpeas, 10 eggs, a tin of tuna, two packs of chicken instant noodles, a carton of passata, a pint of milk and two onions.

Smart Moves: Why Harnessing Mobile Technology is a Must for Charities

Caroline Davey | Posted 18.03.2012 | UK Tech
Caroline Davey

The rise of the smartphone has changed the way we consume information. Charities, government and those who provide public services need to pay attention to this shift if they're to move the feast closer to those most in need.

Give and Take?

Caroline Davey | Posted 04.02.2012 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

Whatever the truth, it is low income families who will feel the pinch from the government pulling the rug out from under them. Happy Christmas from the Chancellor.