UK Poverty

When You Run a Foodbank, Our Food Poverty Crisis Becomes All More Real

Laura Hagues | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Laura Hagues

I like to be optimistic and would like to think that we won't have York Foodbank in another three years, simply because there will no longer be a need for it. For that to happen we must listen to the experiences of the people that we see. We must support people and help them out of crisis, but we must also identify what is driving people into Foodbanks, then advocate for change.

Finding Common Ground: How Big Banks and Small Charities Can Work Together

Lareena Hilton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Lareena Hilton

You may think a leading bank with an extensive global presence and a shelter for homeless and vulnerable people in South London make an unlikely partn...

David Cameron - I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

Jess Phillips | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

I want to do a surgery swap with David Cameron. This week good old DC showed the world just how little he knows about how his government is affecting his own area in Oxfordshire. If he had had the day I have had, he might rewrite the foolishly blinkered letter to his council leader.

The One Degree No Student Wants

Piers Telemacque | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Now we've hit 1C warming, it's never been more urgent to reform our education system. When we talk about a degree, we usually mean something which takes you further in life, opens up opportunities, and contributes to the public good. This degree couldn't be more different, and the fees will be measured in lives rather than pounds.

Moving Beyond Pay

Stephen Howard | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Howard

With the Chancellor introducing a new National Living Wage from April 2016 and the revised voluntary Living Wage rates published this week, low pay is firmly placed on the boardroom and political agenda.

Leaning in to Life and Love

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Walking along the Tube platform I noticed an elderly couple. The woman was on the train, and, through the open doors, she was holding the hands of a man. They were gazing at each other. The emotion in both their faces was palpable. Something was being said between them, unspoken.

Tax Credits Row Obscures a Bleak Future for the Working Poor

Mark Hillary | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

For the past week the story of Chancellor George Osborne and his attempt to rein in the tax credit system has filled the comment pages. To some, Osbor...

Tory Tax Credit Rebels Forgot to Rebel

Nick Stephenson | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Too many Tory MPs appear to believe that speaking out against a policy provides cover for their consciences, and that actually trying to stop it is not required. In-work poverty will only increase as a result, giving the poorest people in the UK only different but equally-bad options.

Hope - Little Word; Big Aspirations

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

Are you travelling hopefully or hopelessly? Is your idea of hope getting a seat on the train home or securing a loan? Hope is a very small word with a very big remit of possibilities. For everyone, everywhere it means something different and that 'different' can change every minute of every day.

What's Happening to Poverty and Opportunity in London? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Gavin Kelly | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Kelly

There is a huge amount that a pioneering yet delivery-focussed Mayor could do to improve the supply of affordable housing, spread the living wage, and improve the transition from school to college to work. Sadiq and Zac, over to you.

Britain's Steel Industry Needs Our Support

Ben Johns | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

The Scunthorpe Steel Works have provided jobs and income to families in the town for over 150 years. The announcement of 2,200 job losses and the closure of the Redcar plant started speculation in Scunthorpe. The news today that over 900 jobs would be cut confirmed the town's worst fears. The possibility of the closure of the Scunthorpe Steel Works is becoming a reality. As a Scunthorpe resident, I'm worried about the future. What will happen to my town?

Shock Report Makes London The Capital Of Britain's New Working Poor

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK

Almost a third of Londoners are living in poverty with the "majority" of those in working families, according to a new report which paints a bleak pic...

Cambridge Students Wanted To Make Mock Slums Because It Would Be 'Fun And Insightful'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students at Cambridge University have come under fire for wanting to turn university cellars into an "oppressive slum" for a "poverty simulation" even...

Taking Time Out to Reflect on a Sustainable Future

Marike de Peña | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Marike de Peña

Fairtrade can't implement the SDGs by itself. We're one player - albeit a significant one - in a global movement for change, and it will take a seismic shift in attitudes and behaviour from governments, businesses and consumers to bring about the kind of sustainable growth we need. But we've got 25 years of experience behind us and Fairtrade is the world's most recognised ethical brand...

Two Days in Two Months to Support Dignity and Social Inclusion for People With Mental Health Problems Worldwide: an Uphill Journey

Carmine Pariante | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK
Carmine Pariante

One in four people worldwide are affected by mental disorders; and one in two people worldwide are poor. Often these are the same people.

The Bitter Taste of Tax Avoidance

Anders Dahlbeck | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
Anders Dahlbeck

Caroline Muchanga showing her market stall tax receipt Mazabuka is known as "the sweetest town in Zambia". The town's other source of fame, industr...

Unleashing the Potential of Brazil's Children

One Young World | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
One Young World

Giselle Oliveira is a One Young World Ambassador running the impactful Eyes of the Street / Olhares da rua project that is tackling child poverty in B...

Could You Teach a Class of 100?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 06.10.2015 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

At VSO, we recognise that technology is no magic bullet solution but can empower teachers to deliver their lessons effectively. Unlocking Talent is part of a broad strategy for improving education in Malawi that is also increasing the number of teachers trained in using child-centred teaching methods.

Unleashing the Creative Potential of Britain's Children

One Young World | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
One Young World

Giselle Oliveira is a One Young World Ambassador running the impactful Eyes of the Street / Olhares da rua project that is tackling child poverty in B...

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

Not Satisfied With Snatching Their Milk in the 1970s, The Tories Now Seem Set to Steal the Lunches of Children

Tim Farron | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The Liberal Democrats fought tooth and nail to deliver this in Coalition because we want every child to have the best possible start in life and be able to concentrate in class. All the evidence shows that a healthy meal helps with that. Instead of further investing in our children, the Tories are turning up at the school gate and stealing their lunch money. My message to the Prime Minister is this - give us a guarantee that it is safe, not unsourced quotes. You say you are proud of this Lib Dem policy - I am too. But until you say it is safe, we will keep working, fighting and campaigning for this policy.

Let Us Build a Kinder Politics, A More Caring Society, Together

Jeremy Corbyn | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
Jeremy Corbyn

Slashing public services. Vandalising the NHS. Cutting junior doctors' pay. Reducing care for the elderly. Destroying the hopes of young people for a college education or putting university graduates into massive debt. Putting half a million more children in poverty. They want the people of Britain to accept all of these things. They expect millions of people to work harder and longer for a lower quality of life on lower wages. Well, they're not having it. Our Labour Party says no. The British people never have to take what they are given. And certainly not when it comes from Cameron and Osborne. Don't accept injustice, stand up against prejudice. Let us build a kinder politics, a more caring society together. Let us put our values, the people's values, back into politics.

How to Help the Poor Access Finance and Find Sustainable Routes out of Poverty Without the Need for Banks...or Donors

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK Politics
Lord Michael Hastings

I would like to thank Mr James Fierro, CEO of ECO Capacity Exchange for writing this article with me. Last Friday (25th September) UN heads of stat...

Hooked on the Street - The Forgotten Women of Middlesbrough

Robin Pepper | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Robin Pepper

Kate is one of central Middlesbrough's drug addicted, street prostitutes who sells her body for as little as £15. Fellow journalist Jack Gaskarth and I met Kate when out researching one evening. We wanted to find out how and why these woman end up on the streets and explore this via documentary film.

Global Goals; Achievable for All?

Helen Morton | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Politics
Helen Morton

17 years. The average time that a refugee is displaced from their home. Following that logic, the babies of Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, won't return to their home country, Syria, until they are adults.