UK Poverty

Poverty Needs a New Story

Barry Knight | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK
Barry Knight

Solutions to poverty have focussed on "doing to" the poor, rather than allowing them to do it for themselves or doing it with them. The poverty lobby needs to shift its mind-set from transactional policies that shift resources to transformational processes that shift power, and work together for a more inclusive model of change.

Workers Forced To Skip Meals To Make Ends Meet Can't Afford To Wait For Action

Frances O’Grady | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK
Frances O’Grady

If you work hard, you should be able to feed yourself and your family. In 21st Century Britain, that shouldn't be up for debate. But a shocking new TUC/GQR poll shows that one in eight workers in this country are skipping meals to make ends meet. And 44% - almost half - are worried about meeting basic household expenses, such as food, transport and energy.

One In Eight Skips Meals To Get By, Shocking Poll Of Working Brits Reveals

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics

The scale of the wages crisis facing British workers has been laid bare with one in eight skipping meals to get by, according to a new mega poll. A d...

Theresa May, Make This The Last Summer Holiday In Which Children Go Hungry

Frank Field | Posted 30.08.2017 | UK Politics
Frank Field

If the Prime Minister were to pick up this bill and run with it, she would, at nil extra cost to the Government, revolutionise poorer children's life chances. Crucially she would also be cutting one of the main supply routes to food banks. Clearly it's all to play for.

World Food Day - What Is It? When Is It?

Brittnay Sharman | Posted 21.08.2017 | UK
Brittnay Sharman

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. Every year on October 16, people around the world come together to show their commitment to help era...

Why It's Time To Eradicate Period Poverty

Amika George | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Amika George

Period poverty isn't something we should be talking about. When a girl misses school every month, for days at a time, it's clear that her educational progress is irreparably impacted. Soon, any ambition starts to dissipate as her goals start to feel unattainable. The cycle of poverty keeps turning, refusing to loosen its grip. All because she's born with a uterus.

Want To Solve Youth Homelessness? Remove The Barriers To Work Before They Become Insurmountable

Paul Noblet | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Paul Noblet

The single biggest cause of youth homelessness for young people at Centrepoint is family breakdown, something which can mean not only a young person has no roof over their head but also that they have no-one to fall back on for practical help, financial support or even encouragement. Of the homeless young people surveyed, 42% said they were given no support from their family to prepare to get a job as opposed to just 15% of non-homeless young people.

The Life And Death Divide Which Shames Our Nation

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

Once again I must ask our Government to sit up and listen. We have, in Liverpool and across the northern region, talented and gifted politicians who care about creating better conditions for all. They must be given the resources to do so.

The Government Must Act Now To End Period Poverty

Baroness Burt | Posted 08.08.2017 | UK Politics
Baroness Burt

We can't get away from the fact that often these young girls and their families don't have the money to purchase these vital hygiene products, thanks to cruel Conservative austerity measures that hit the poorest hardest. It is a scathing indictment of this government that girls in our country are suffering like this. Conservative ministers shouldn't be allowed to just turn a blind eye and hope the issue goes away.

Five Ways You Can End The 'Hidden Crisis' Of Period Poverty

Laura Coryton | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK
Laura Coryton

Period poverty has existed for generations across the United Kingdom. Yep, that's right. Women and girls everywhere have been without sanitary products because they cannot afford them or do not have adequate access to them. What that means is that girls have been missing school to deal with their period within the confines of their own homes, and women have been using alternative materials, including "newspapers" and "socks", which pose a serious threat to their health. Yes, it is shocking. Here's what you can do about it.

We Can All Contribute To A Fairer Society

Michael Angus | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Michael Angus

I believe we can all contribute to a fairer society. Individuals can help by supporting their local project through donations of goods or cash. Volunteers who can contribute regularly or corporate groups that come for a day make a huge difference and mean we can increase our service offer. Companies can donate unwanted goods to charities, and reduce waste at the same time. All these actions together should not be underestimated, they make a significant difference.

How Product Giving Can Help Tackle Hygiene Poverty In The UK

Robin Boles | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK
Robin Boles

A reality less known is that before people even resort to foodbanks many have stopped buying essential products such as nappies, toothpaste, tampons, razors, washing detergent and other hygiene items in order to put food on the table.

There's A 'Hidden' Poverty Nobody Is Talking About, And It's Getting Worse

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK

A ‘hidden’ poverty is propelling thousands of people into a crisis of confidence across Britain, a leading charity has warned. So-called ‘hygien...

Revealed: The Shocking Number Of Primary School Kids Using Foodbanks

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK

Almost half of all children forced to use foodbanks last summer were primary school age, figures published by the Trussell Trust reveal. Newborn babie...

Three Ways Product Design Can Reduce Poverty Overseas

Richard Gower | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Tech
Richard Gower

Most of the electronic goods we dispose of eventually end up in developing countries (for computers, the figure is 90%). Most of this equipment is repaired and sold on; creating jobs and allowing access to cheap IT for those who would otherwise not benefit from it.

The Facts On Income Inequality In The UK Might Surprise You

Andrew Hood | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Hood

So income inequality has fallen across the country recently, having fallen furthest in London, and income gaps between regions - while substantial - are responsible for only a small portion of inequality in the UK There are good reasons to expect some of this to change.

Lib Dems Accuse Government Of Creating 'Ghettos Of Poverty'

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK Politics

Workers in the south east of England - the most well-off region in the country - earn up to 25% more than those across the rest of the UK, new researc...

Free Tampons And Pads Now Available In Scotland To Tackle Period Poverty

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Sanitary pads and tampons are to be offered for free in Scotland as part of a pilot scheme tackling period poverty. The six-month scheme, launched by ...

I Will Fight For A Hand Up For Those Who Fall On Hard Times Because It Can Happen To Any Of Us

Danielle Rowley | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics
Danielle Rowley

People come to the foodbank because they cannot afford to feed their families and may have been sanctioned or suffered from the benefit cap and welfare reform. Others simply cannot feed their family on the income of low wages and inadequate help from the Government. That is an absolute disgrace and something I will spend my time here fighting.

Six Broken Promises Made In Theresa May's First Speech As PM

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Politics

A lot has changed since Theresa May delivered her first speech as prime minister a year ago. After seeing off the prospect of a Tory contest, the newl...

Theresa May Accused Of Failing 'Just About Managing' Families In First Year As PM

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been accused of failing working families after figures revealed millions are no better off than they were 15 years ago. Thursday marks...

How A Food Waste App Accidentally Became A Lifeline For Those Struggling To Feed Their Families

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK

An app designed to tackle food waste has proven to be an accidental lifeline for people who are struggling to afford to feed themselves. Since seven m...

Hope, Identity, And Character: Three Forgotten Truths About Ending Poverty

Richard Gower | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Richard Gower

Imagine a community in the Global South, perhaps a group of informal workers in an urban slum, or a group of subsistence farmers on marginal land. ...

This Government Is Systematically Failing The Youngest And Most Vulnerable Members Of Our Society

Emma Lewell-Buck | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Emma Lewell-Buck

What this report shows is the detrimental effects of woeful policy beginning to take its toll on vulnerable children. The reality of cuts to early intervention, closure of Sure Start centres and diminishing local service budgets are clear. The Government have no cohesive approach or agenda to tackle their shameful record, preferring to bury their head in the sand whilst the most vulnerable suffer.

The Burning Injustice For Disabled People Living In Poverty

James Taylor | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
James Taylor

everybody banner Too many disabled people are living hand to mouth and in some cases, not able to feed themselves or their families at all. Half of households referred to foodbanks include a disabled person, which stresses the scale of this finical crisis.