UK Poverty

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.

The Devastating Effect Of Coalition Austerity Has Been Revealed

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK

Numbers of poverty-stricken Brits soared by 700,000 in a year, as it’s revealed close to a third of the population risked serious hardship under the...

Why The Muslim Charity Sector Should Increase Its Domestic Focus

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Britain is one of the richest and largest economies and is rightly known as the most charitable developed nation on earth. Sadly, despite this richnes...

What Do Adoption, Suicidality And HIV Have In Common? The Answer Lies In Childhood Trauma

Alison Barnes | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Alison Barnes

Seven-year-old Ralph finds school challenging. While his classmates work intently on the maths task at hand, he fidgets, screams, pokes the child next...

Let's Get On With The Job

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

As the dust settles after the General Election, it is crucial that Government does "get on with the job" - and that must mean not only dealing with Brexit but also not ignoring pressing social issues at home. We can't afford to put on hold the reforms so desperately needed to transform women's lives.

Racism And Classism Killed The Residents Of Grenfell Tower

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK
Skylar Baker-Jordan

We are talking about some of the most marginalised and oppressed people in our society dying in a hellish inferno, so the very nature of the discourse around what happened at Grenfell Tower is innately political whether we want it to be or not. The fact is, Grenfell Tower - from the residents' years of documented complaints about safety to the fact is lies in the richest borough in London - is a stark reminder of whose voices get listened to in modern Britain, whose don't, and that this dichotomy can have deadly consequences.

How Women Are Stamping Out Poverty In Bangladesh

Mark Hammersley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Mark Hammersley

"My daughter is going to finish school," one young woman told me, defiantly. "She's going to get the opportunities I didn't have."

Developing An Intersectional Approach To Urban Health

Laura Elliott | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Laura Elliott

'Your background decides your health, housing, how long you live, and your opportunities. The upper class can plan for three weeks, while the working class can't plan for three days'.

Suicide Study: Another Reasons To Ban Precarious Employment?

Anne Payne | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Anne Payne

Suicide is now the leading cause of death in adults under 50 in England, and the main cause of death among young people aged 20-34 across the UK and I...

Is It Really True That People At Foodbanks Drink, Smoke And Have Sky TV?

David McAuley | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
David McAuley

If this gentleman had been to a foodbank, he would know that going to a foodbank is a last resort when all other coping strategies have been exhausted. It takes courage to admit you cannot feed your family. People wait on the other side of the road for half an hour, or stand outside in the cold, before finally walking through the foodbank door.

Britain In 2022: Five Predictions Of A 'Strong And Stable' Future

Robin Bunce | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

May is, no doubt, sincere in her desire to end poverty and extend opportunity, but her policies are no antidote to Britain's entrenched problems.