UK Poverty

The Sequence Looks Good, We're Just Over Budget On The Amperage

Toby Peters | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Toby Peters

If the scriptwriters of the film Apollo 13 got a dollar every time somebody quoted their dialogue, they could probably fund the next space mission the...

For Carol's Sake, For Christ's Sake, We Must Look After The Poor

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

Liverpool is a proud city with some of the finest civic buildings in England. A couple of weeks ago I was in the opulent setting of one of these, and I was angry. Standing in the finery of St Georges Hall I was reminded of the once-great wealth of this trading port. And, as I shared a platform with its current Mayor Joe Anderson, I was angry.

Thinking About Work

Ricky Ross | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

In 1985, when I wrote the song Dignity, society was quite reasonably obsessed with unemployment. To me, at the time, the search for full employment he...

Women In UK To Receive 200,000 Free Sanitary Products To Tackle Period Poverty

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Young women are being forced to miss out on education because they don’t have access to menstrual hygiene products - and it’s something that needs...

Ending Child Poverty Will Improve Child And Population Health

Dan Jarvis | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

The link between child poverty and their life-long health and wellbeing must be broken. Putting this right should form part of a modern national mission. Sadly children don't have a voice so we believe we have a responsibility to speak on their behalf. A national ambition to end child poverty should be a challenge that unites us all.

Money Matters - Theresa May Must Take Rising Child Poverty Seriously To Tackle Social Justice

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sumi Rabindrakumar

If this government is as committed to reducing poverty as it claims, its social justice strategy must avoid the blame-game when supporting families, and set out a vision for how we can move towards adequate incomes and sustainable work.

Can The Power Of Mobile Innovation Radically Disrupt Systems Of Poverty?

Farah Ramzan Golant | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech
Farah Ramzan Golant

all women everywhere At Girl Effect, we recognise the incredible work and impact these initiatives are having. However we believe that, in order to make lasting change, we need to stop poverty before it starts. To do this we need to tackle the cause: we have to reframe what it means to be a girl in her community.

Why We Must Act Now To Prevent A Hunger Catastrophe In East Africa And Not Repeat Past Mistakes

Girish Menon | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Girish Menon

Drought in Somaliland, a region of Somalia where ActionAid works Six years ago famine gripped Somalia. The famine came as no surprise. Agencies on t...

Oxford Councillor's Homelessness Jibes Are Indicative of the City's Widespread Attitude Problem

Camilla Barker | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Camilla Barker

Anyway... that's my 'disgraceful' pal Jack and that's what he taught me. Maybe he is someone to think about the next time we pretend to receive a call just as we walk past someone on the street, the next time we've 'spent all of our change on the bus', or the next time we elect to remain ignorant of the important role we all have to play in true and meaningful social change.

As An Unpaid Carer For My Disabled Husband, I Fear ‘Just Managing' Is A Cliff Edge From Poverty

Lynn Williams | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Lynn Williams

For the sake of the many families I know, I hope that this crucial and heart-breaking report from JRF shocks politicians into action. No government - national or local - can claim the moral or policy high ground. Inaction is not an option - yet for those families struggling with the costs described above, hope is in short supply.

Only Labour Can End Fuel Poverty

Dawn Butler | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dawn Butler

The Labour Party will continue to work towards ending fuel poverty and when in government we will put energy efficiency back on the agenda. Struggling families need more than warm words from this government, they need warm homes.

There Is Still Time To Stop Somalia Being Devastated By Famine - But It Is Running Out Fast

Susannah Price | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Susannah Price

Mothers bring their children to a health clinic in an IDP camp in Baidoa, Somalia. C. UNICEFSomalia/2017/Prinsloo Baidoa is a dusty town haunted by t...

How ONS Family Spending Data Punctures Poverty Myths

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

Anyone who has lived in poverty knows that it is not a life of luxury, but one of hard grind. Millions of people throughout the country are faced with desperate choices, not, for example, whether to buy Nike or Reebok, but whether to pay the rent or feed their children.

Will Universal Income Be The Cure To Poverty?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

In a chaotic world of dividing political views and rising inequality, it comes as no surprise that the term universal basic income has been thrown around incessantly in an attempt to see it as the missing 'cure' to the mess in some of the world's leading economies.

David Beckham And The 'Fake' Celebrities

Maria Karvouni | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Maria Karvouni

Personally, I don't believe anything about David Beckham. Through knowledge and experience, I have learned to doubt everything. So, I don't care if he...

When Dreams Are Supplanted By Nightmares, Health Flies Out The Window

Rob Atkinson | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK
Rob Atkinson

I read a thoughtful and persuasive article the other day, headlined "Nobody dreams of being homeless". It was about aspiration versus reality; the thi...

The Oxfam Inequality Report Is Telling The Wrong Story

Sam Dumitriu | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK
Sam Dumitriu

Oxfam blame Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg's big bank accounts for everything from Brexit to Trump. They argue that increasing returns to those at the top is to blame for poverty at the bottom. And that we must fundamentally change our economic model to fix this. But it couldn't be further from the truth.

India! India!

Angela Hunt | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Hunt

Twenty four years of age and the furthest I had ever travelled from the motherland was to Spain when I was 10 and madly in love with Marti Pellow. Hav...

Disabled People Left Out In The Cold

Mark Atkinson | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK
Mark Atkinson

As winter grips the nation we know that a third of disabled people (32%) have cut back on energy consumption in the past 12 months. Over a quarter of disabled people - which equates to an estimated 2 million people across the UK - have struggled to pay their energy bills in the past year.

Christmas Tales From The Front Line

Laura Marshall | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Marshall

giving back.jpg Christmas is the season of giving, but what if we were to shift the focus from giving presents to giving time, support or even just a listening ear? What may seem like a small gesture to you could mean the world to somebody that's struggling, and surely that's what Christmas is actually all about.

Here Are Five Ways You Can Help Food Banks Fight Hunger At Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

Food banks are handing out more parcels than ever before as Britons battle food poverty in ever-increasing numbers - and Christmas will be no exceptio...

Give A Little Extra This Christmas

Emma Campbell | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

giving back.jpg This Christmas, instead of buying those extra gifts for yourself, why not put your money towards improving the lives of these vulnerable people? Here are a list of five charities in need of your help this Christmas.

Why There's A Foodbank Outside Parliament Today

Adrian Curtis | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Adrian Curtis

giving back.jpg We frequently meet people who find themselves making tough decisions like going hungry so their children can have a hot meal, or turning off the heating so they can keep the lights on for a little longer. We want to make sure that policymakers hear from the experiences of real people on the knife-edge of poverty.

Women Carry The Burden Of Poverty - We Should End That Injustice

Helen Barnard | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

We hear a lot about the injustices woman face in modern Britain, not least in the form of the gender pay gap. An IFS report earlier this year captured the spotlight as it spelled it out in cold, hard statistics how the pay gap between men and women grows after having children, leading to stalled career progression. But a story less often told is how women at the bottom end of the labour market are carrying the heavier burden of poverty in our society. Figures released by JRF as part of the BBC's 100 Women highlight this reality. A fifth of women - around 5.1million - live in poverty in the UK, compared to 4.4million men.

Welfare Myth Five - The UK Is Rich

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

When I get the chance I try and show how many of the things we believe to be true about the welfare state are actually myths. It's been a while since ...