UK Poverty

Peterlee to Patagonia: EU-Latin American Cooperation Is Key to North East's Future

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

We need an ambitious yet realistic agenda to end extreme poverty by 2030 as the UN has proposed, and it is my firm belief that increased cooperation between states on issues such as trade, human rights, security and climate change gives us the political clout in order to achieve this. It is only in this way we can ensure that the benefits of globalisation are felt all the way from the Peterlee to Patagonia.

Our Welfare System Must Not Pander to the Myth of the Undeserving Poor and Ignore the Real Need of Those in Crisis

Chris Mould | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Mould

It seems to me, and others who gave evidence to the Work and Pensions Select Committee, that a system in which claimants are 'presumed guilty' unless they prove otherwise goes against 'natural, or administrative, justice'. This is a reflection of the destructive narrative that has built up around benefit claimants.

New Rules, New Survival Techniques

Duane Hopkins | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Duane Hopkins

I saw a kid on his mobile, walking. He looked relaxed, like he owned his environment. It was his walk that attracted me. A slight swagger. Youth. I stopped him and explained I was casting for a film. He was intrigued and told me he was busy now. But, I could meet him that night.

Charity Giving, UK and US Style

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Interestingly there's more of a Christian cultural overlay in America, yet the Christian faith in the UK still has more of an influence - so you'll get the Archbishop of Canterbury quoted on the evening news talking about economic issues, something you'd never get church leaders doing in America.

A Source of Injustice: Why Students Should Campaign Against Tax Dodging

Simone Ramacci | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Simone Ramacci

We have a chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of people across the globe: people we might never meet, but who are as real as we are. After all, who wouldn't want all human beings to be able to thrive, study and become economically independent?

Harping on About Water

Catrin Finch | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK
Catrin Finch

I accompanied Serawark on her daily routine and was appalled to see that the water she depends on was teeming with leeches. I watched as Serawark tried her best to only collect the cleanest water by painstakingly filtering out insects and silt with a jug.

Cyclone Pam and the British Good Samaritan

Joe Ware | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

By making the aid budget a percentage of Gross National Income (GNI) it will go up and down as our economy grows and shrinks. So when times are tough here, the amount we give will go down.

Dominicans of Haitian Descent Forced to Fight for Citizenship

Frankelly Martinez | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Frankelly Martinez

If the Dominican government begins to implement major deportations to Haiti, we will need to be ready to support the women, men and children displaced to a country where they do not belong.

Election Candidates Must Face Scrutiny Over Their Approach to Poverty

Bishop Terence P Drainey | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Bishop Terence P Drainey

At this election, we are called to transform our faith into action for positive change. Now is our opportunity to challenge the candidates to answer our questions on how they intend to respond to the pressing social issues affecting our families and the most vulnerable of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in need.

Is This the Most Dangerous Banner in Britain?

Daniel Brett | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Millions were wringing their hands this week in anxiety over the fate of BBC motormouth Jeremy Clarkson. Meanwhile, on the streets of East London on Thursday night the police were cracking down on Class War's sweary summing up of popular sentiment towards our political leaders, to complete indifference of the media.

Reviving the role of Japan in Africa's Development

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

While TICAD presents Africa with a powerful instrumental instrument for mobilizing the Means of Implementing the Sustainable development goals, those of us in Africa with an interest in this cannot afford to sit back and wait for the agenda to be agreed.

A Baby Girl Died Today...

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

There are so many ifs and buts. If only the two motorbike ambulances we have purchased had already arrived, if only the hospital was not so far, if only the nurse had not been away, if only there had been more support at the birth.

War on the Poor, War on the Majority: 2+2=5, We're Electioneering

Christian Garland | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Christian Garland

The war on the poor aka 'welfare reform' is being waged with that much more ferocity and that much more cynicism in the weeks up to the General Electi...

Lean in, Rwanda Style

Pauline Ngari | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK
Pauline Ngari

I first met Marie Consolee last year during a moving visit to Rwanda. She had lost her husband, child and livelihood during the genocide but was rebuilding her life as a local farmer and respected member of her community.

Can Governments Deliver a Fairytale Ending for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK
Helen Morton

That people's outcomes in life shouldn't be determined by their income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, disability or geography is a truly transformative notion that could shift the course of global development - for good. But it's also a tall order.

I Abhor the Neoliberal Ideology Which Prizes Wealth Creation and Individualism - So I Became an Entrepreneur

Georgia Elander | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Elander

The political establishment's attachment to wealth creation and private profit will do this country no good, and I welcome the growing tide of opposition.

What it is Like to Be Female and Homeless

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Kasdagli

"Homelessness has traditionally been seen as a male problem in the UK - and it has been treated as a male issue by policymakers. This work aims to show how widespread and damaging female homelessness has become."

Can Technology be a Magic Wand to Eliminate Poverty?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Technology is not only about global communication, it is also about collation of data, global analysis and precise solutions to end the problem that affects some part of the society.

Inequality Corrodes - Equality Must Be Pursued With Passion and Vigour

John Tizard | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Inequality is growing nationally and globally. It is corroding social cohesion and democracy. It is creating division. It is also holding back economic development and growth. However, too few politicians seem to regard inequality as important. Indeed, some of the Coalition government's policies have directly increased inequality and there is no indication that the Government has any strong desire to reverse this trend.

'Patronising' Tory MP Accused Of Wanting The Poor To Starve In The Dark

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics

A Tory MP stunned fellow parliamentarians after defending the benefits system that left a jobseeker with learning difficulties without food or electri...

No Pads = No School

Sarah Mehta | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

This tragic dilemma has disastrous consequences for girls: a lifetime of poverty, illiteracy, and diminished choices. While condoms are made available free of charge, where are the free sanitary pads to address this disaster for women's productivity and education?

St Andrews Students Fined Over 'F*** The Poor' Signs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Two students from St Andrews University have been fined after they stood in the middle of a busy high street holding up signs reading "f*** the poor"....

This Government Has a Lot to Answer for When It Comes to Food Poverty

Ian Lavery | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Lavery

Nothing quite characterises the levels of poverty in austerity Britain better than the dramatic growth in the use of food banks in recent years. With record numbers visiting local food banks in many areas over Christmas - and January looking set to be their busiest month yet - it is clear that they remain a much needed resource for many working people as the Coalition government's cuts, poverty pay and harsh benefit sanctions take their toll on household incomes. How the government can stand by and refuse to act while so many people are struggling to make ends meet is beyond me. We need to work to boost wages, raise living standards and put an end to in-work poverty, food poverty and the cost of living crisis once and for all. We want a recovery that everyone can benefit from - not just the richest...

Davos 2016: One Year to Solve The Case

Claudia Delpero | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

It may be a rebalance of the economic powers, but the planet is far from being the place of equality. Oxfam claims that "in 2010, it took 388 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom half of the world's population and by 2014, the figure had fallen to just 80 billionaires." If the trend continues, warns the humanitarian group, in two years the richest 1% will have more than the remaining 99%.

Game of Thrones: Why the British Monarchy Must Go

Josh Marshall | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

you might be thinking that in modern day, 2014, Britain, we've forgotten this feudal nonsense from the middle-ages! We've moved on Into a prosperous, egalitarian secularist society which rewards people based on merit!? Well we haven't!