UK Poverty

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.

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

A Fair City for All

Rachael Orr | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Rachael Orr

We should all be angry that such high levels of deprivation exist alongside such wealth in the capital. The new London Mayor must tackle this crisis as a matter of urgency to ensure that prosperity is equally shared and millions of Londoners are not left behind.

Ending Extreme Poverty Will Require New Ways of Working

Philip Goodwin | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

In terms of its ambition and scope, nothing quite like the Global Goals has ever been attempted. If successful, the impact on all our lives would be profound. It would be one of our defining accomplishments, but if we don't take these principles of cooperation on board, we may well be placing humanity's greatest endeavour out of our reach even before the ink has set on its agreement.

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.

The European Parliament Votes to Put Gender Equality at the Heart of the Fight Against Poverty

Julie Ward | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

The Commission and national governments must include a strong gender pillar in all of their social policy, showing that the EU acts for its constituents and for gender equality and social justice.

You Know What? Together, We've Done Good

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

For our first collection we asked you to sort your donated hand-me-downs by size and season. And you did really well, with around 40,000 pieces of clothing donated, potentially saving them from landfill.

The Panama Papers Show That There's Enough Money to Solve the World's Problems - It's Just in the Wrong Hands

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The money we desperately need to fix the world's growing problems is there, but we have an economic and political system that ensures it stays in the wrong hands, for a reason no more noble than greed. A better world is possible, but only by challenging the dominance and privilege of the rich.

Should the UK Help Trafficked Prostitutes in India?

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Adrienne Macartney

Delhi is dust. Fluid warmth. Polluted heat aching for monsoon. The baby in the puddle cries as I walk away. A rickshaw, all tinsel and paint, stutt...

Don't Be Taken for a Ride by the New Living Wage: Big Firms are Denying it to Cycle Couriers

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

The 1st April sees an increase in the minimum wage, rebranded as the National Living Wage, to £7.20 for those over 25 years of age. But one group of workers - cycle couriers - will be denied this modest boost to their income.

The Bitter Taste of Easter

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

There's a terrible irony that while we are getting fat on sugar, Ugandans are going hungry because of it. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, doesn't it?