UK Poverty

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 ...

50 Years Ago My Father Founded Shelter, Today He'd Still Be Dismayed

Ann Kenrick | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ann Kenrick

His main focus was on housing the massive number of people who were living in appallingly squalid conditions or who - like Cathy in the powerful film Cathy Come Home - had fallen on really hard times and were at risk of being separated from their children and having nowhere to go.

An Economy For Everyone, Needs Opportunities For 'Everyone'

Tina Hallett | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tina Hallett

On Wednesday the new Chancellor delivered his first, and last, Autumn Statement. This was a significant moment for Theresa May and her cabinet - the G...

The Real Junk Food Project Brighton

Lucy Maddox | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

"These are all the way from Peru, look at these beauties," Sarah beams as she offers me some blueberries. "They have flown half-way round the world on...

Charity Begins With Us

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Christmas is coming; how about doing something over this festive period to make a difference? Even better, if you're doing something along these lines why not share your own experiences in the comments? It may inspire someone.

For Britain's Young People Social Mobility Is Only Getting Worse, Not Better

Alan Milburn | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Milburn

The Commission I chair hopes those reforms can be captured by government in A Ten Year Plan for Social Reform. It will take time and effort, as well as new thinking and new approaches, to create a level playing field of opportunity in our country. But that should be the holy grail of public policy, the priority for government and the cause which unites the nation to action.

Yes, I, Daniel Blake Is True To Life - But That's Not What We Should Be Debating

Sarah Chapman | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Chapman

Late to the party, I finally watched I, Daniel Blake in my local independent cinema this weekend, overpriced, delicious, and soon to feel incongruous ...

Yes, Foodbank Use Is Complex - But We Can't Ignore The Evidence

Kayleigh Garthwaite | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Kayleigh Garthwaite

Yes, foodbank use is complex, but that doesn't mean the government should dismiss evidence linking sanctions and their use. We must listen to people using foodbanks so that can we understand who they are, why they use them, and what it feels like. Only then can we start to do something about it.

Manchester - One Of The Worst Places To Be A Girl In The UK... Or Is It?

Frankie Leach | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frankie Leach

Plan International UK has recently released a report finding that Manchester, among with Blackpool and Middlesbrough, is one of the worst places in the UK to be a girl.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill Is A Step In The Right Direction

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

t is still underfunded, and hopefully the prospect additional funds will be raised during the Third Reading, but it is a step, perhaps only a small step, in the right direction. Charities have accomplished truly incredible feats with limited resources, but now the government needs to take some responsibility.