UK Poverty

Social Supermarkets And Foodbanks - Tackling Hunger And Poverty Together

David McAuley | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
David McAuley

We still have a long way to go to make sure the benefits system is as fair as it should be for people in poverty in the UK. By partnering with organisations like Community Shop, we hope to do more to break social isolation and help people with the dignity they deserve, to try and make sure they never need to use the foodbank again.

Give Families Breathing Space To Escape Debt Trap

Matthew Reed | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Matthew Reed

Children can't take out loans - but they can suffer the consequences of aggressive creditors all the same. The Children's Society is deeply concerned that bailiffs, utility companies and local councils who chase struggling parents over unpaid debts may be inflicting real damage to children's mental health.

Poverty Is One Of The UK's Greatest Injustices - But It Can Be Solved

Julia Unwin | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

Poverty in the UK is a big problem, and solving it requires a big response. But we cannot avoid the problem any longer. As Brexit showed, addressing poverty is a moral, political and economic imperative. It wastes people's potential, depriving our society and economy of the skills and talents of those who have valuable contributions to make. Solving the burning injustice of poverty is the way to truly make Britain work for all.

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

As the market research keeps telling us, millennials are all about experiences. And when it comes to life-enriching experiences, there's nothing more fulfilling than volunteering in an orphanage in a developing country, right? Fulfilling for the volunteer, maybe.

International Day Of Charity - Challenging Public Perceptions

Sarah Nancollas | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Sarah Nancollas

As a sector, we've been burying our heads in the sand and hoping that the negative press and public opinion will soon subside but it's been a year and the angst and anguish doesn't seem to be getting any better. The longer there is a misconception about the work we do, the fewer funds there are being brought in and, as a result, fewer lives are being changed.

The Mother Teresa Problem: Basic Women's Rights Are Still Being Failed By The Catholic Church

Stefan Rollnick | Posted 04.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Stefan Rollnick

Growing up in the Catholic Church, I was taught to revere Mother Teresa as the embodiment of goodwill and sacrifice; she was a woman who devoted her life to making poor people better off, they told us. It was only as I started to analyse her actual effect on 3rd world countries, that I realised she was not a 'friend of the poor', but as Christopher Hitchens put it, a "friend of poverty".

How Can Business Help Tackle the 'Burning Injustices'?

Tina Hallett | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Tina Hallett

Mrs May and her government have made bold first steps, but as employers, we need to work together and do more to tackle this 'burning injustice'.

National and Local Government Ignore Scientific and Judicial Evidence About Ill Health

Reverend Paul Nicolson | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Politics
Reverend Paul Nicolson

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) stands like a light house shining alarm signals across the stormy seas of British national and local politics while individuals and families crash into the rocks with an ever diminishing chance of being rescued by the lifeboats of the increasingly stretched NHS.

The Lords Are Not Our Saviour

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Politics
Adrienne Macartney

We illegally bomb 'democracy' into foreign lands that happen to possess resource or geopolitical value. We all play a role in these 'liberty' crusades. We are all culpable proselytizers of democracy at any price. Yet the dis-united Kingdom remains a feudal land.

These Three Graphs Show Everything That's Wrong With How We Deal With Poverty

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK

Britain’s failure to tackle poverty is costing the country billions across the board, a report has shown, as campaigners call for “real action” ...

The Jobs Market Is Booming - So Why Is Everyone So Gloomy?

Helen Barnard | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

Our analysis shows that she needs to do this with a comprehensive plan to ensure the country's economic prosperity goes beyond rising employment. It needs better skills, affordable childcare and housing and better pay and security for those who are struggling to get by for us all to feel better off. Otherwise, the post-Brexit gloom may struggle to clear, despite the rise and rise in employment.

How Chickens Can Help the Poor

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

*Tyler Beck Goodspeed [2008] did an MPhil in Economic and Social History at the University of Cambridge with the support of a Gates Cambridge Scholars...

Tackling Poverty Can Heal the UK and Protect Our Standing in a Post-Brexit World

Mark Goldring | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

The next Prime Minister needs to do everything possible to protect the UK's have-nots from the economic turbulence that is already visible following our decision to leave the EU. For a truly Great Britain to thrive on its own it needs to be a kingdom that is no longer divided so starkly between the prosperous and the poor - one which punches its weight in the fight against poverty in both the domestic and global arenas.

Time to Heal Divides...

Cliff Prior | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

We are a divided nation. A disunited kingdom. The referendum divide between Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and a handful of other English cities, and the rest of England and the whole of Wales, was deep. The divide between young and old was even deeper.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

Watch Your Tongue - Why We Need to Challenge 'Deficit' Language

Jude Habib | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Jude Habib

I am still affected by that remark and although I tried, politely, to challenge him about his use of his language on Twitter I got no response. It made me think of a good friend with a good job, who cares for his wife and who are social housing renters. I doubt he'd recognise his situation in the description Andrew Marr used.

A Fair Chance for Every Child

Mike Penrose | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Mike Penrose

Every child, no matter where they are born, has the right to a healthy start in life, the right to an education and the right to a safe, secure childhood. But around the world, millions of children are being denied these rights, for no other reason than the country, community, the gender or the circumstances into which they are born. We cannot and we must not let this huge injustice continue.

How We Can Tip the Energy Balance Towards Low-Carbon

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Alison Doig

It will take a huge amount of political will to bring about a radical change in energy investment strategies across the globe, particularly from wealthier nations who invest in developing countries. Renewable and low-carbon energy generation technologies are becoming less costly and studies show that in the long term, switching investment to these types of ventures will make economic as well as climate sense. The time is right to tip the energy balance but it needs governments to make the first push.

From Rags to Riches - Not an Impossibility

Cecilia Paul | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Cecilia Paul

When I was young, my family was very poor. Our home was very modest - one bedroom (my parents); one sitting room-cum-bedroom (my siblings and mine); a...

Building Babies' Brains Through a Better Start

Clair Rees | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

Infant mental health (IMH) refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally. Because babies' worlds are mostly made up of their parents or carers, their mental health is heavily influenced by the care they receive and quality of the baby-carer relationship.

We Need a New Deal for Those Living in Energy Poverty

Theresa Griffin | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Theresa Griffin

As I write this, an elderly person is deciding whether they can afford to heat their home, a parent is choosing a warm meal over a cold bath for their child, and a household wonders if it can pay its bills - this is unacceptable.

Star Academy: Hague, Jolie, and the LSE

Julian Vigo | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

As a scholar with years of teaching experience plus research, public lectures, grants, as well as a body of academic publications to show for my years...

'The Union Has Been Our Voice:' Vulnerable Workers and the Fight for Union Recognition

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

This is what Wilson Ayala Romero tells me when I ask him about his work: "My colleague had a fall at work; she split her head open, hurt her arm and ...

The Poor And Hungry Should Not Be Punished For Stealing Food

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK

Italy's top criminal court has ruled that a hungry homeless man who took a package of hot dogs from a supermarket committed no crime. Roman Ostriakov ...

Who Are the UK's 1.25million Destitute People?

Chris Mould | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Chris Mould

The Destitution Report is an important step towards understanding the severe impact of poverty in the UK, but we could do much more to identify the scale of the problem and to progress in tackling it.