UK Poverty

Douglas Carswell Is Right to Criticise Machine Politics, But Wrong on the Alternative

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

Douglas Carswell's constituency contains Jaywick, last year named as the country's most deprived area. He styles himself a localist, and so could learn some lessons from us about what a locally-focussed alternative to machine politics really looks like.

Why Can't You Get a Good Job? Wrong School

Nick Stephenson | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

If you have ever wondered why you can't get a top job, it turns out that unless you went to one of a handful of the most expensive private schools in Britain, you stand very little chance of breaking in.

Daily Mail: Suffer the Little 'Underclass' Children

Hayley Meachin | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Hayley Meachin

The Daily Mail deals in stereotypes, we know that, but labelling people as 'shameless families' and the 'underclass' creates a barrier to people bettering their lot and has a detrimental effect on children.

When Systems Kill our Youth

Daniel Weeks | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK
Daniel Weeks

When one black boy like Michael Brown is shot and killed by the police, it is a tragedy. When hundreds of black youths in their teens and twenties are shot by the police each year, it is an outrage.

Obesity Crisis Is Not Just a Lifestyle Issue

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Carrying extra pounds has many health consequences which create a heavy burden on the individual as well as their families and society more broadly. So, there is indeed a great need to raise public awareness about the importance of keeping a healthy weight and how governments and care providers can support people in doing so.

Why I Keep Being an Aid Worker Despite the Dangers

Johan Eldebo | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Every day the news seems to suggest the World is getting scarier and more dangerous. Iraq, Gaza, Syria, South Sudan - the list goes on. For me reading the news is never a shock. I spend my working life immersed in the horrors, the violence and the poverty that blight the globe.

The Myth of Britain's Social Recovery

Tom Johnson | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

In the first wave of 'problem families', 32% had a disability or long term illness and 82% had a problem related to education, while 15% had children with a problem of substance abuse. This suffering can not be combatted by slashing budgets, but investing time, care and resources into tackling the root causes of these problems, as well as their aftermath.

Foodbanks Bad, Welfare State Good?

Dave Clements | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

It is demeaning, they argue, to stand in line for a food parcel. But is it really any less demeaning to stand in a not dissimilar line at the door of a job centre or welfare office. Don't both turn people into state dependents?

Reporting Back From Visiting Malian Refugees in Burkina Faso with UNHCR

Rokia Traoré | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK
Rokia Traoré

Last month, I visited Goudoubo camp in Burkina Faso with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Here I met Malian refugees who fled their country after conflict broke out in the North in early 2012. There are over 34,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso - most of whom are from northern Mali.

Glasgow 2014: A Summer Escape for Disadvantaged Youngsters

Jane Ashworth | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Sport
Jane Ashworth

Over two million British children live in families who can't afford a trip to the seaside... we like to run day trips and camps to classy events and venues that disadvantaged teenagers are otherwise very unlikely to get near. The latest of these is the residential camp we've set up in Glasgow across the Commonwealth Games.

Hunger Close To Home

David Bradford | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
David Bradford

Food banks in Lewes, East Sussex, the town of Bill's breakfasts, artisan loaves and gourmet everything? There must be some mistake... surely? My week...

Post-2015: Development Goals are a Political Act

Alastair Roderick | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

We can't escape the fact that throughout history countries are most carbon-intense and least sustainable on their way to becoming rich; not when they get there. So if the message to developing countries is that they are not allowed to develop in the same way as rich countries developed... are we sure that they will sign up to this?

Jessica Elgot

As Old As Their Country, These South Sudan Children Only Know A Life Of War And Hunger

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK

For these six children, who are the same age as their country, their short lives have been fraught with violence, hunger and sickness. Three years ...

Living Below the Line: Day Two

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Leeanne Boulton

Today is Day 2 of Living below the line. Yesterday's food came in at an astounding 61p, which I can't quite believe is possible...

Muslim Charitable Giving Multiplies in the Holy Month of Fasting

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Muslims in the country are 'Britain's top charity givers', giving an average of almost £371 each a year". Prime Minister David Cameron, in his video message to mark the start of Ramadan 2014, said "Here in Britain, Muslims are our biggest donors - they give more to charity than any other faith group."

'100,000 More Children Are Now Living In Severe Poverty'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of failing to help children out of poverty after the release of "shocking" new figures. According to the latest ...

Pope Francis Just Hit Back At The Economist Over Lenin Column

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

Communists are actually closet Christians, whose message on poverty echoes the Gospel, Pope Francis has said. The leader of the Catholic Church mad...

Last Few Days and Time to Decide Where to Help Next?

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Supporting Nema has some incredible advantages. Of course there is the satisfaction of knowing that we are doing some good, albeit in very difficult circumstances where nothing seems to progress as planned...

An Opportunity to Celebrate the Achievements of Deafblind People Around the World

James Thornberry | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK
James Thornberry

Being deafblind anywhere in the world is a challenge that requires specialist support. However in the developing world being born without sight or hearing can have a devastating impact on your life...

Let Glasgow Flourish

Wasim Mahmood | Posted 25.08.2014 | UK Politics
Wasim Mahmood

If you are undecided or find yourself wavering in your decision to vote Yes, pause, step back and take a clear-headed look at what more the Union could possibly offer. One glance at the political, social and economic landscape before you is evidence enough that it is time to take a different course.

The Minimum Wage Is Worthless Unless It's a Living One

Charlie Mullins | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Politics
Charlie Mullins

We need to make people want to work in this country and as far as I'm concerned we should abolish the National Minimum Wage, and replace it with a National Living Wage.

Jessica Elgot

Here's Proof An Extra £1.34 An Hour Can Make A Huge Difference

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK

What difference does £1.34 make? According to a year-long study by the Living Wage Commission, it could be enough to end the "national scandal" of...

Our 'Fat Man' Driver Is Late and We See Lisa's Fury in Its Full Glory

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

A sure sign that you might be getting to grips with a new language is to express yourself coherently when angry (and of course understanding local jokes). Well this morning Lisa, our charity manager, is displaying her disapproval of the freelance driver we have hired to get us around.

World Refugee Day: Shameful That Tens of Thousands of Children in South Sudan Could Die From Lack of Food

Rose Caldwell | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

Almost a million people have been forced to leave their homes in South Sudan following months of violent conflict. Over one million are displaced and dispersed in hard to reach areas in the country, and over 350,000 more have fled South Sudan for refuge in neighbouring nations.

‘Too Poor To Socialise': Experts Say Government's Efforts To Curb Poverty Have Failed

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK

Millions in the UK are too poor to engage in common social activities, experts have said, as a new report suggests that full-time work is not always s...