UK Poor

Rich Tory MP Accused Of 'Driving Poor Tenants Onto The Streets'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

Tory Richard Benyon, Britain's richest MP, has been savaged for putting families in east London at risk of losing their home by hiking their rent. ...

Sick And Disabled Suffering Due To IDS' Benefits 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics

Thousands of terminally ill and disabled Britons have been caused unnecessary suffering due to Iain Duncan Smith's "shocking" flagship benefits plans,...

The Religious Evangelism of the Easter Bunny

Rod Macfarlane | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK Politics
Rod Macfarlane

As we approach the Easter weekend and the most significant time in the Christian calendar, my thoughts have been divided between David Cameron proclaiming to all his Christian faith and the matter of Scots Independence.

Your Benefits Just Got Cut Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics

Benefits have been cut again today, as the annual 1% cash terms increase is effectively a cut as it is still below the rate of inflation. The real ...

Poor Worst Hit By Recession In 'Dramatic' Living Standards Fall

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Politics

Poor Britons have seen the biggest fall in living standards due to the recession and are still worse off by thousands of pounds due to the impact of i...

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...

'No Place In Our Society Outside A Victorian Novel'

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Tories' view of the poor is like something out of a Victorian novel, a leading churchman has claimed. And the Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of M...

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.

Spending Cuts 'Deeper For Northerners'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Politics

Poor areas across England and Scotland have suffered larger budget cuts of around £100 per head than affluent ones, a new study has found. The res...

Most Of Us Stay Trapped On Low Pay For YEARS

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK

Nearly three out of four workers stayed trapped on low pay over the last decade, a new study by the Resolution Foundation has found. Of the 4.7 mil...

How Many Will Need Payday Loans To Cover Christmas?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK

More than one million people plan to take out a payday loan to cover the cost of Christmas, research by a Government-backed Money Advice Service has f...

What's the Point of a Rich Society Without Generous Ideas?

Robin Ince | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Robin Ince

The preposterously rich, whether wealth is gained through bailouts, off shore accountancy, or selling what isn't really theirs to sell, are deserving, they've worked hard to ensure scams and thievery is governmentally sanctioned for the few.

Haj - A Journey towards Unity

Sajda Khan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sajda Khan

It's that time of the year again when Muslims from all over the world heading off to Makkah for Haj -- the annual pilgrimage. I went last year and I, to date, reminisce about the ineffable moments of this momentous journey.

'Wasting Food Is Like Stealing From The Poor', Says Pope Francis

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK

Pope Francis has denounced what he calls a “culture of waste” and has likened throwing away good food to “stealing from the table of the poor an...

Inappropriate Correspondence: The Patronising Plan of the Tory Government.

Jacob Fritz | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Fritz

In what has been labelled as a step to encourage those from poorer backgrounds to attempt to attain places at highly ranked universities; it seems to me that the Conservative Government are effectively saying congratulations for achieving something that has been made considerably easier for the wealthy.

Scroungin' Skiving Feckers...

Neil Scott | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Scott

The myth the BBC, ITV, Sky etc are pumping out of the huge swathe of broken Britains- lazy and scrounging drainers of state money- flamboyant druggie drunk wasters of your hard earned taxes- are just that... A myth

Miliband Accuses Cameron Of Attempting To 'Divide And Rule' Over Welfare Bill

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of attempting to "divide and rule" after the House of Commons voted in favour of legislation to impose real-term...

Middle Class Poor? You and Me Both!

Mette Poynton | Posted 25.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mette Poynton

In the past year there have been a couple of stories in the press about families just like mine that have lost everything in the economic crisis and who now live a life in poverty while "putting on a brave face and pretending nothing has changed". Why pretend?

Queen's Jubilee Celebrations and the Spectre of 1917

John Wight | Posted 05.08.2012 | UK Politics
John Wight

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations are thankfully behind us, but in their wake they have left a mark of shame at the sheer amount of public money involved not only in paying for this event, but in propping up the Monarchy year after year, an institution as ludicrous as it is pernicious in the 21st century.

The Government Must Not Impose an Unmanageable Burden on the Poorest With Welfare Reform

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 04.05.2012 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

I believe that some plans could have huge unintended consequences that will mount even greater pressure on mums and dads who are already struggling to make ends meet.

The Emperor's New Clothes: Where is Labour?

Phil Shanks | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

There are better, fairer and far more effective solutions to managing our spiralling welfare benefit bill. We should turn our attention to those and away from blind retribution. I am left, however, with a burning question. Why am I the one raising this. Where is the Labour Party?

Capitalism is Keeping the Nation Sedated with False Hope

Stephen Brewer | Posted 29.12.2011 | UK Politics
Stephen Brewer

The problem with directors paying themselves £3m a year is that they push property prices up, not just with second, third and fifteenth homes but wit...

Michael Rundle

Winter's First Frost Marks Start Of Difficult Choices For London's Poorest

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK

If the weather reports are correct this week, we will see winter's first frosts forming on the streets of London. For most in the capital it will b...

Polly Toynbee is Wrong About Tories and the Poor, but it is Equally Wrong to Call her a Hypocrite

Nik Darlington | Posted 01.11.2011 | UK Politics
Nik Darlington

British history is full of well-meaning middle and upper-class social reformers with honest and paternalistic instincts. Did Arnold Toynbee not understand the poor because he was comfortably well-off?