UK Poverty

The Bitter Taste of Tax Avoidance

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Caroline Muchanga showing her market stall tax receipt Mazabuka is known as "the sweetest town in Zambia". The town's other source of fame, industr...

Unleashing the Potential of Brazil's Children

One Young World | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
One Young World

Giselle Oliveira is a One Young World Ambassador running the impactful Eyes of the Street / Olhares da rua project that is tackling child poverty in B...

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

Unleashing the Creative Potential of Britain's Children

One Young World | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
One Young World

Giselle Oliveira is a One Young World Ambassador running the impactful Eyes of the Street / Olhares da rua project that is tackling child poverty in B...

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

Not Satisfied With Snatching Their Milk in the 1970s, The Tories Now Seem Set to Steal the Lunches of Children

Tim Farron | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail to deliver this in Coalition because we want every child to have the best possible start in life and be able to concentrate in class. All the evidence shows that a healthy meal helps with that. Instead of further investing in our children, the Tories are turning up at the school gate and stealing their lunch money. My message to the Prime Minister is this - give us a guarantee that it is safe, not unsourced quotes. You say you are proud of this Lib Dem policy - I am too. But until you say it is safe, we will keep working, fighting and campaigning for this policy.

Let Us Build a Kinder Politics, A More Caring Society, Together

Jeremy Corbyn | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jeremy Corbyn

Slashing public services. Vandalising the NHS. Cutting junior doctors' pay. Reducing care for the elderly. Destroying the hopes of young people for a college education or putting university graduates into massive debt. Putting half a million more children in poverty. They want the people of Britain to accept all of these things. They expect millions of people to work harder and longer for a lower quality of life on lower wages. Well, they're not having it. Our Labour Party says no. The British people never have to take what they are given. And certainly not when it comes from Cameron and Osborne. Don't accept injustice, stand up against prejudice. Let us build a kinder politics, a more caring society together. Let us put our values, the people's values, back into politics.

How to Help the Poor Access Finance and Find Sustainable Routes out of Poverty Without the Need for Banks...or Donors

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Michael Hastings

I would like to thank Mr James Fierro, CEO of ECO Capacity Exchange for writing this article with me. Last Friday (25th September) UN heads of stat...

Hooked on the Street - The Forgotten Women of Middlesbrough

Robin Pepper | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Robin Pepper

Kate is one of central Middlesbrough's drug addicted, street prostitutes who sells her body for as little as £15. Fellow journalist Jack Gaskarth and I met Kate when out researching one evening. We wanted to find out how and why these woman end up on the streets and explore this via documentary film.

Global Goals; Achievable for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

17 years. The average time that a refugee is displaced from their home. Following that logic, the babies of Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, won't return to their home country, Syria, until they are adults.

Why African Agriculture Should Be a Hot Topic for Investment

Professor Sir Gordon Conway | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK
Professor Sir Gordon Conway

Climate change remains one of the biggest threats to transforming Africa from a continent of poverty to prosperity. Africa's attractiveness for inve...

Hear Our Voices - Young Africans Decry Poor Quality Education

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Just two weeks ago a young Kenyan volunteer called Felix Owino was invited to London to represent African youth at the first ever Youth Summit hosted ...

Impoverished Families Are Being Forced To Live In An Aeroplane Graveyard

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK

Desperate families unable to pay the high rents of the developing city of Bangkok, Thailand, are taking shelter in abandoned passenger jets in an aero...

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Dear Richard Littlejohn: Please Don't Pretend That Hunger and Poverty Are Not Real, Right Here, Right Now

Sarah Chapman | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Sarah Chapman

The questioning again that hunger and poverty is not a reality in the UK in 2015, or that it is a fabrication of left-wing politics, is both inaccurate and demonising - adding to the false narrative that anyone who doesn't have income for enough food, or rent, or gas and electricity, or school shoes for the kids, must have only themselves to blame.

Hungry and Homeless - Asylum Seekers Deserve Better Support

Jasvir Singh | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK
Jasvir Singh

Syrian refugee brothers waiting to be transported to pre-registration centre in Röszke, Hungary. UNHCR/ Zsuzsanna Gal Europe hasn't seen a refugee...

Why Middle-class Kids Are Dressing Like LA 'Gang Bangers'

Jonathan Ilan | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Ilan

Four years after the fear and fury over the UK riots, and some months after the much hyped displeasure about Britain's top grime MCs performing with K...

What's Wrong With Benefit Sanctions?

Chris Mould | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

Why does behaviour we would think outrageous if it were a business owner trying it, get given the okay when it's people administering the benefits system that do it? What justifies the rules being so very different?

No Wonder People Were Surprised By My Results... If You're Economically Deprived, You Don't Do Well in Education

Jacob Lewis | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jacob Lewis

My name is Jacob Lewis and my story took over A-level results day 2015. I opened my results at approximately 8.30am (cue high-fives and bear hugs with the Principal) and by that evening I was everywhere; newspapers, TV, radio - but why? I accomplished this while being, for all intents and purposes, homeless during the academic year.

New Youth Culture - Have We Underestimated Its Significance?

Andrez Harriott | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK
Andrez Harriott

I wish I could say that young people are exaggerating and not taking responsibility for their actions. But I hear on a daily basis numerous accounts of young people being assaulted, physically, sexually and emotionally abused, unsupervised, fearing for their lives daily within their local communities, experiencing poverty, exploitation, grooming, a lack of understanding from parents, ambivalence from teachers and strained relationships with the Police.

Achieving Sustainable Development That Leaves No One Behind

Dr Nawal Al-Hosany | Posted 13.08.2015 | UK
Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

As the UAE Government joins global policymakers at the UNGA and COP21, the Zayed Future Energy Prize will continue to identify and reward the businesses, organisations, schools and individuals that may define the success of global commitments on the future of sustainability.

Youth Clubs: Helping Young People Find their Voice

Ruby Wright | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ruby Wright

Youth clubs in the UK provide a similar function to the ones in Bangladesh. Young people have the chance to help in the community, play sports, and receive vocational training. In Bangladesh, this is where VSO volunteers came in - training youth club staff and organising vocational courses for youth club members.

Kids Company and G4S - What They Say About Modern Britain

Mark Rusling | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Rusling

It all seems so cut and dried. Hundreds of families and Kids Company staff protest outside Downing Street, blessed briefly by the presence of the charity's founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh. Charity good; government bad. Kids Company failed because the government wouldn't bail it out. Damn those heartless bastards. The reality is so much more complicated.

Cuts Will Push Children Fleeing Violence Even Deeper Into Poverty

Peter Grigg | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK
Peter Grigg

Today marks another major setback for families fleeing violence, war and persecution as new government cuts to asylum support come into force. In a single stroke, the Government's decision to cut crucial financial support for these families will cause severe hardship to thousands of children in the UK, leaving many children living on just £5 a day.

Cast Adrift: Why Welfare Cuts Will Hurt The Children and Families Who Need Our Help Most

Jackie Brock | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Brock

We are not talking about families going on expensive holidays, or buying the latest gadgets. We are simply talking about the basics - food on the table, clothes on your back and heat in the home.