UK Poverty

Shining New Light on Volunteers

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

So perhaps it's time we found a new word to describe volunteers. Something which captures the true spirit, energy and value of this vital role. My instinct is 'Stars'. There are millions out there; we just need to reach them.

What Does It Mean to Be Poor in the UK Today?

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Gerri McAndrew

Now that the safety net of local welfare support has shrunk and we face many more ominous cuts, who knows what the current state of poverty looks like now or what these figures will be by 2020? All I can say for sure is so long as this constant level of need remains, we will continue to provide for those who need support most.

We Have Lost Sight of What It Means to Understand and Fight Child Poverty

Christian Guy | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Christian Guy

We know what is required, and we need it fast. In a report published today the CSJ is calling on the Government to remove itself from legally binding child poverty income targets. Instead we urge a new annual reporting system focused on how ministers are tackling the root causes of poverty...

How to Help the Poor?

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

Through my experience with the Kiuyu Mbuyuni MVP, I believe that an integrated approach to grassroots development is essential to a Post 2015, SDG world. I also think that, given the size of the challenge, we need to celebrate those willing to innovate because finding a way to eradicate poverty will not happen by accident or by good intention.

Welcome to Cameronville: Only Empathy Can Rebuild a Civilised World

Amy Licence | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Amy Licence

There is only one answer to the divisive rift at the heart of our society. That is empathy. Empathy for the physically and mentally unwell, for people of all ages and all classes from all countries, cultures, religions and backgrounds, for victims and criminals, for those who make mistakes and also those who have never erred. It should know no limits.

A World Free From Poverty by 2030 Involves an Agenda WITH Mental Health

Kat Pugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Results UK, National Conference, where the theme was on the post-2015 agenda. Fittingly, with the proposed targe...

Findings on Welsh Poverty Shame the Whole UK

Amelia Womack | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Politics
Amelia Womack

Yesterday, Welsh assembly members issued a long-overdue warning over the government's failure to effectively tackle poverty. While poverty in most regions of the UK has fallen in recent years, in Wales the figure has remained static.

Against FGM:The Gutsy and Determined Girls Standing Up for Their Rights

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

I interviewed girls and young women who ran through wastelands climbing trees to hide from wild animals, who survived by eating shrubs and even dirt in order to escape. But, why am I talking about this now? Well, it's what's called the 'the cutting season'.

Funerals Are So Costly They're Plunging Families Into Poverty

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK

A charity has launched a new campaign to tackle funeral poverty, after it was revealed that the cost of dying has risen seven times faster than the co...

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

We are rapidly approaching a point where the UK's poorest, particularly those unfortunate enough to be unemployed and who have larger families, are running out of reasonable housing options. The result is likely to be an increase in the use of temporary accommodation which fails the overcrowded families within it and costs the public purse more despite reforms being marketed as part of an austerity drive.

A Shadow Cast over the Sun: Vodafone Sol, Buxton Water and Assaults against Public Space

Lucy Bell | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Lucy Bell

Fighting against growing levels of precarity, unemployment, poverty and homelessness - in Spain and, contrary to what our government claims, in the UK - also requires us to reclaim what should belong to the state and its citizens, to us.

What Do We Really, Really Want From the G7 Meeting?

Pauline Ngari | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Pauline Ngari

What we really, really want from the G7 this week therefore is an initiative which brings together governments, business and NGOs to create and grow small businesses which will put economic power in the hands of women.

People vs Austerity: An Assembly of Hope

Zion Lights | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

Two years on and we find ourselves further burdened by cuts and now reeling from the impact of a Tory government, Conned once again by our broken electoral system. So what's the alternative? We organise. We march. We stand.

The BBC's 'Britain's Hardest Grafter' Show Should be Britain's Greatest Shame

Bradley Allsop | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

What is perhaps most worrying about all this is that is coming from what is usually a fairly impartial service (many will disagree with this statement, but the disagreement will come in equal measure from both the Left and the Right, so I am content). If the relatively benign BBC genuinely believes this sort of show is acceptable, what on earth are other, more radical channels and tabloids cooking up?

The Battle for Britain's Soul: Oscar Wilde, Socialism and Equality of Happiness

Kevin Childs | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin Childs

What kind of country do we live in? This must be at the back of the minds of everyone listening to or reading the Queen's Speech, but is it the wrong question? Shouldn't we be asking what kind of world would bring us happiness?

One in Three Londoners Cannot Afford a Decent Standard of Living

Mubin Haq | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Politics
Mubin Haq

We all know London is an expensive place, regularly at the pinnacle of those world city league tables where they compare prices for a croissant, cup of coffee, cinema ticket, etc.

Let's Not Forget Seasonal Hunger in Sustainable Development Policymaking

Libby Blanchard | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Agricultural development through productivity improvements, crop intensification, irrigation, and investment in infrastructure has significantly improved food security and the seasonal dimension of hunger worldwide in recent years. Yet seasonal hunger still persists among the rural poor, and should not be lost within poverty statistics or forgotten when addressing chronic hunger in policymaking.

Louise Ridley

Archbishop Of Canterbury Says The Recession Brought Out 'Latent' Goodness In The Church

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said the half a million people estimated to be using food banks have brought back a "latent" spirit of...

Long Life and Good Health!

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

As I lay in my darkened room I came to an important conclusion. In the US, medicine is a commercial enterprise and in the UK it's a social enterprise. But in Africa medicine is hugely dependent on aid enterprise.

The Return Of Poverty Porn: Benefitting Who Exactly?

Paul Marshall | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

If the Tories want to get more people off benefits and return them to work, thereby helping to save the odd £12 billion, then Benefits Street seems a...

To Address Poverty, We Need Addresses

Chris Sheldrick | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Tech
Chris Sheldrick

Let's be clear: an address is not a "nice-to-have". Without it, you will struggle to get a passport, stake a property claim, become an active consumer, take out a low-interest credit, or run a business.

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Didn't Vote Tory

Alice Carder | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Alice Carder

Politics of fear and hate cannot survive long in the hearts of those who have love and hope. Do not let this election divide and conquer. Unite and survive.

Kenya's Girls Deserve Better

Charles Mwangi Waituru | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Charles Mwangi Waituru

Crossing the road to my office from lunch recently, a tiny girl ran after me and held my hand to ask for money. I told her that it is not right for children to beg. She looked at me sternly as if daring me to do anything about it. Looking over my shoulder I saw her young mother sitting by the roadside keenly watching, encouraging her.

What Four-Year-Olds Can Teach Us About Foodbanks and Government

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

Some changes really are instant. And if four year olds, with no voting power at all, living under the poverty line can still find a way to give lentils to starving babies? If they can feel powerful, purely because it never occurs to them that they don't have the power to change the world and help others?

How Far Will the Manifesto Housing Pledges Go to Help Those in Poverty?

Professor Ian Cole | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Politics
Professor Ian Cole

Overall, the parties have some way to go to find imaginative and creative solutions to one of the greatest challenges for the next government, and the poorest people in the UK will suffer most as a result.