UK Poverty

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.

Three Million Kids Short Of Somewhere To Go, Something To Do And Something To Eat

Jane Ashworth | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Jane Ashworth

In most parts of the country the summer play schemes have gone. And, almost none of the remaining schemes provide lunch. A generation of the poorest children need somewhere to go, something to do, and something to eat. The GLA reckons that 500,000, yes, half a million kids, will have a summer holiday at risk of being without proper food.

UK Foodbank Figures Are Still Increasing, But This Year Something's New

David McAuley | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Politics
David McAuley

This is the first time The Trussell Trust has released a report which outlines observations from foodbanks about the impact of a policy-level change and what can be done to ease any adverse side effects, before it's fully rolled out across the UK. We're raising foodbanks' concerns now, before it's fully rolled out, so our insights can inform efforts to make sure the values on which Universal Credit is built are delivered in practice as it unfolds.

Immunisations: Saving Lives, Whatever It Takes

Nicholas Alusa | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Nicholas Alusa

Measles is a highly contagious, horrific disease. If left untreated it can lead to death. There's no specific treatment. All us medics can do is isolate the sufferer, give them vitamin A, and hope for the best.

Meet Amika: The Girl Fighting Period Poverty In Schools, Period!

Laura Coryton | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

Amika George is a 17-year-old campaigning superstar. She has joined forces with the tampon tax campaigners to eradicate period poverty in schools acro...

Inequality Gets Under The Skin

Professor Kate Pickett | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Professor Kate Pickett

The effects of poverty and inequality are difficult to separate and are often confused. A research project interviewed poor people in Uganda, India, C...

A Year On From The Panama Papers - When Will We See Real Transparency On Tax?

Simon Kirkland | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Kirkland

A year on from the scandal of the Panama Papers and in the new reality of Brexit, the UK is thinking about its 'Global Britain' role in the world. The UK must continue to lead on transparency and anti-corruption issues. The first step in this should be committing that all of our Overseas Territories will have the same level of transparency as the UK, and within the lifetime of this Parliament.

Brexit: An Apology

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

On behalf of my country I want to say sorry to the world, and particularly to all our friends and allies in Europe. It seems we've decided to break our long-standing ties and our commitments and instead do things our own way. By this decision we have made the world a little colder, a little more dangerous and quite a bit more stupid.

The Sequence Looks Good, We're Just Over Budget On The Amperage

Toby Peters | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Toby Peters

If the scriptwriters of the film Apollo 13 got a dollar every time somebody quoted their dialogue, they could probably fund the next space mission the...

For Carol's Sake, For Christ's Sake, We Must Look After The Poor

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

Liverpool is a proud city with some of the finest civic buildings in England. A couple of weeks ago I was in the opulent setting of one of these, and I was angry. Standing in the finery of St Georges Hall I was reminded of the once-great wealth of this trading port. And, as I shared a platform with its current Mayor Joe Anderson, I was angry.

Thinking About Work

Ricky Ross | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

In 1985, when I wrote the song Dignity, society was quite reasonably obsessed with unemployment. To me, at the time, the search for full employment he...

Women In UK To Receive 200,000 Free Sanitary Products To Tackle Period Poverty

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Young women are being forced to miss out on education because they don’t have access to menstrual hygiene products - and it’s something that needs...

Ending Child Poverty Will Improve Child And Population Health

Dan Jarvis | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dan Jarvis

The link between child poverty and their life-long health and wellbeing must be broken. Putting this right should form part of a modern national mission. Sadly children don't have a voice so we believe we have a responsibility to speak on their behalf. A national ambition to end child poverty should be a challenge that unites us all.

Money Matters - Theresa May Must Take Rising Child Poverty Seriously To Tackle Social Justice

Sumi Rabindrakumar | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK Politics
Sumi Rabindrakumar

If this government is as committed to reducing poverty as it claims, its social justice strategy must avoid the blame-game when supporting families, and set out a vision for how we can move towards adequate incomes and sustainable work.

Can The Power Of Mobile Innovation Radically Disrupt Systems Of Poverty?

Farah Ramzan Golant | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Tech
Farah Ramzan Golant

all women everywhere At Girl Effect, we recognise the incredible work and impact these initiatives are having. However we believe that, in order to make lasting change, we need to stop poverty before it starts. To do this we need to tackle the cause: we have to reframe what it means to be a girl in her community.

Why We Must Act Now To Prevent A Hunger Catastrophe In East Africa And Not Repeat Past Mistakes

Girish Menon | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Girish Menon

Drought in Somaliland, a region of Somalia where ActionAid works Six years ago famine gripped Somalia. The famine came as no surprise. Agencies on t...

Oxford Councillor's Homelessness Jibes Are Indicative of the City's Widespread Attitude Problem

Camilla Barker | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK
Camilla Barker

Anyway... that's my 'disgraceful' pal Jack and that's what he taught me. Maybe he is someone to think about the next time we pretend to receive a call just as we walk past someone on the street, the next time we've 'spent all of our change on the bus', or the next time we elect to remain ignorant of the important role we all have to play in true and meaningful social change.

As An Unpaid Carer For My Disabled Husband, I Fear ‘Just Managing' Is A Cliff Edge From Poverty

Lynn Williams | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Lynn Williams

For the sake of the many families I know, I hope that this crucial and heart-breaking report from JRF shocks politicians into action. No government - national or local - can claim the moral or policy high ground. Inaction is not an option - yet for those families struggling with the costs described above, hope is in short supply.

Only Labour Can End Fuel Poverty

Dawn Butler | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dawn Butler

The Labour Party will continue to work towards ending fuel poverty and when in government we will put energy efficiency back on the agenda. Struggling families need more than warm words from this government, they need warm homes.

There Is Still Time To Stop Somalia Being Devastated By Famine - But It Is Running Out Fast

Susannah Price | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK
Susannah Price

Mothers bring their children to a health clinic in an IDP camp in Baidoa, Somalia. C. UNICEFSomalia/2017/Prinsloo Baidoa is a dusty town haunted by t...

How ONS Family Spending Data Punctures Poverty Myths

Dr Wanda Wyporska | Posted 16.02.2017 | UK
Dr Wanda Wyporska

Anyone who has lived in poverty knows that it is not a life of luxury, but one of hard grind. Millions of people throughout the country are faced with desperate choices, not, for example, whether to buy Nike or Reebok, but whether to pay the rent or feed their children.

Will Universal Income Be The Cure To Poverty?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

In a chaotic world of dividing political views and rising inequality, it comes as no surprise that the term universal basic income has been thrown around incessantly in an attempt to see it as the missing 'cure' to the mess in some of the world's leading economies.