Deeply Divided Britain

Ben Phillips | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Phillips

Today Oxfam published some shocking figures that show just how deeply divided Britain is. Just five families have more wealth than the poorest 20 percent of the entire UK population. That's nearly 13 million people, the same number as those officially classed as living below the UK poverty line.

How Did The Five Wealthiest UK Families Get So Rich?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

The UK's five wealthiest families are richer than the poorest fifth of the entire country, 12.6 million Britons, new research by Oxfam has shown. I...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Shock! Horror! Crimea Votes To Join Russia

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics

Here are the five things you need to know on Monday 17 March 2014... 1) SHOCK! HORROR! CRIMEA VOTES TO JOIN RUSSIA Yesterday, election officials...

These Five British Families Have More Money Than The 12.6m Poorest Combined

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

The UK's five richest families have more cash between them than the poorest 20% of the entire population, 12.6 million Britons, with new research show...

ScarJo Stands By SodaStream Stance

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK

Film star Scarlett Johansson has said she has no regrets over her decision to promote a drinks company which has a factory in the West Bank, despite i...

65% Of Syria's Refugees Fear They Will Never Return Home

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

The majority of Syrian refugees believe they will never be able to return to their country, according to new research. Refugees surveyed by Oxfam s...

Scarlett Johansson Oxfam Saga Highlights Problem With NGOs and Charities

Joseph Blake | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
Joseph Blake

If you asked the general public whether they believed in charity the overwhelming response would be yes. Of course charities do good work; no one can deny that charities help tens of thousands of vulnerable people in all manner of difficult situations. However, most of the mainstream charities and NGOs have become corporatised, choosing relationships with corporates and government instead of grassroots social change movements.

Scarlett Johansson Quits Oxfam Over SodaStream Row

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

Scarlett Johansson has quit as an Oxfam ambassador after refusing to end her advertising relationship with Sodastream, amid a row over the Israeli com...

Tiny Elite Who Could Fit Onto This Bus Are As Wealthy As 3.5 BILLION Poorest

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The richest 85 people in the world, who could fit onto a single double-decker bus, have just as much wealth as the poorest half of world. The shock...

Top 10 Tips for Weddings on a Budget

Reuben Sagar | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Reuben Sagar

With the tightening of belts continuing post-recession, though, planning on a budget will be the harsh reality for many. With lots of wedding venues costing upwards of £10,000 for the venue hire alone, they rarely come cheap. But they needn't be bankrupt-ingly expensive either. Here are my top ten tips for keeping costs low.

BA Plane Crashes Into Building

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A British Airways jet headed for London veered off the runway and crashed into a building shortly before take-off at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport. ...

Learning Lessons in the Philippines

Mark Goldring | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Mark Goldring

In this year of multiple megadisasters, will the world scale up its humanitarian aid to respond to the Philippines, Syria, Congo and the countless other different crises? Or will it in 2013 fail the test it passed three years ago?

British Donations For Typhoon Haiyan Reach £33m

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK

Donations to the Typhoon Haiyan charity appeal by the British public topped £33 million as an RAF plane carrying heavy duty vehicles and emergency me...

Tough Times At Oxfam

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK

Oxfam will close down operations in several countries, and slash 125 posts in the UK in an efficiency drive, after a fall in fundraising. Oxfam wil...

Cyclone Phailin Hits India's East Coast

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK

With winds of 200mph expected to devastate the Bay of Bengal, an area the size of France, aid agencies are desperately trying to get almost half a mil...

Syria - The Trojan Women

Charlotte Eagar | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Eagar

I stood in the Frontline Club behind the podium, staring at the row of faces I was asking for money. Behind me on a projector ran a constant loop of harrowing images from the Syrian war - the dead, the wounded, the broken cities; young men with gasmasks to protect against chemical weapons attacks, women and children forced to leave their homes, huddled, hundreds to a room in the foreign lands where they've been forced to take refuge.

Campaigning Has Gone Mainstream

Katie White | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katie White

Are you persuasive and stubborn? Do you care about things? That's probably most of us, at times. Well then, you could be a campaigner. In the UK - and it appears across the world - campaigning has gone mainstream.

'Get Off Our Shoulders' Says Syria's Deputy PM

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK

President Bashar Assad's reign of terror will now longer continue along the same path, but the Western world must now "get off our shoulders", Syria's...

Third World Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK

Millions of people could be tipped into extreme poverty over the next two decades due to Government spending cuts and tax and benefit reforms, a stark...

'A Chilling Effect On Freedom Of Expression'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK

Charities have blasted the government's 'damaging' new lobbying bill, saying it could have a "chilling effect on freedom of expression." Talks with...

Kick Starting Yemen's Future

Nicholas Hopton | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Nicholas Hopton

The Yemeni people have chosen peace and dialogue, in the hope that political transition will deliver a brighter future. For this dream to become a reality, the government of Yemen and international community need to live up to their promises and deliver funds to the people who need it most.

Sustainability and Ethics Should Go Hand-In-Hand With Fashion Design

Sian-Kate Mooney | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Sian-Kate Mooney

Today we see many sustainable brands borne out of this love for vintage , Christopher Raeburn and Junky Styling London, to name but two. However, as the market demands clothing with a conscience more sustainable fabrics and ethical means of manufacture become available.

Inside the Historic Global Treaty to Regulate the $85Billion Arms Trade

Anna Macdonald | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Anna Macdonald

Ten years ago, when I, along with colleagues from many countries around the world launched the Control Arms campaign, we had a simple message for governments: the arms trade is out of control and ordinary people around the world are suffering at the rate of one death every minute, with millions more forced from their homes, suffering abuse and impoverishment.

'We Must Get Our House In Order'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Politics

British 'tax havens' like the Cayman Islands and Jersey have agreed to 'get their house in order' in a new deal on tax evasion secured by the Prime Mi...

Jessica Elgot

Two Thirds Of Children In Poverty 'From Working Families'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...