UK Poverty

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 02.07.2014 | 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 02.07.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 26.06.2014 | 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 25.06.2014 | 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 24.06.2014 | 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 23.06.2014 | 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 20.06.2014 | 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...

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 17.06.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

'Poor Brits Are Living More Like They're In The Ex-Soviet Bloc'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics

Britain's poor are worse off than their neighbours and suffering the same sort of living standards seen in the ex-Soviet bloc countries, stark new ana...

FIFA Is a Global Tax Bully

Rachel Baird | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK
Rachel Baird

World football organiser FIFA has in recent days been compared with the Mafia, accused of rampant corruption and described as 'beyond the pale'. But,...

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.

Why Oxfam Is Right to Care About Poverty on Our Doorstep

Priya Shetty | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Politics
Priya Shetty

Somehow, there's a bizarre idea of the nobility of poverty in developing countries. It's as if there's a better quality of poor person in India or parts of Africa - people in rags, probably with limbs missing, who beg pleadingly for a few coins.

Salma Yaqoob Calls Tory Iain Duncan Smith A 'Scrounger' On BBC's Question Time

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

Salma Yaqoob called Tory bigwig Iain Duncan Smith a “scrounger” on Thursday’s Question Time, attacking the secretary for works and pensions ove...

Hospitals, Health Posts and Mobile Ambulancesl

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

The most common causes of infant mortality are dysentery and malaria but as you might expect there are also many problems during labour and birth. In the past few days we have been visiting the doctors, nurses and hospital. We are trying to work out where it would be best to help.

'Our Son Loves Drawing, But We Can't Even Afford The Pens And Paper'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK

Vicky's 15-month-old son Oliver-James absolutely loves drawing. But coloured felt-tips and paper for him to scribble with are beyond the budget of his...

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...