UK Poverty

Our Dysfunctional World of War and Poverty

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. Our social development however is still almost at Stone Age level.

Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

The British government has been accused of violating the human right to food, and international law, as it was revealed nearly one million adults and ...

The Myth of Increasing Aid

Harry Brown | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

After two years of declining world aid, last Tuesday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released new figures that demonstrated that aid had reached a record high in 2013 and increased by over 6.1%. In the face of what appears to be a gratifying headline, beneath the surface lies a far more depressing state of affairs.

If The UK Is Recovering, Why Are 15 Million Still 'Living On The Edge'?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics

Around 15 million people are "living on the edge" despite the improving economy, a report by a debt charity has warned. Stepchange said that these ...

About That 'Fuck the Poor?' Thing

Adrian Grist | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Adrian Grist

This 'social experiment' leads us to the conclusion we're all total bastards. And I must be a bastard too, because when I see a man with a sandwich board rattling his unsanctioned charity tin without any clue as to which charity (if any) he is working for, I too would ignore him.

Heads of IMF and World Bank Must Support a Global Goal to End Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

Just how serious are the World Bank and IMF about tackling the scourge of extreme inequality? The question is an important one. Through their financial power and their thought leadership, these two institutions still have major influence over the policies of governments across the world.

ESA - A Phoney Solution for an Unreal Problem

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Today these two very different problems have become completely muddled. The ESA system, with its demeaning assessments and its ineffective Work Programme, is a sprawling public policy disaster.

F*** The Poor: How Would You Respond To This Social Experiment?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK

What would you do if you saw a man wandering through the streets of London wearing a sandwich board declaring: "F*ck The Poor"? A social experiment...

Rebuilding Post-Genocide Rwanda 20 Years on - One Job at a Time

Pauline Ngari | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Pauline Ngari

Rwanda is in everybody's thoughts this month as we remember the 800,000 people who died in the genocide twenty years ago. As well as the horrific human cost, the genocide also left Rwanda an economic basket case.

Government-Backed Helpline For Debt Problems Charging Up To 41p A Minute

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK

A helpline for people needing advice on money troubles, debt and benefits is charging 41p a minute, according to reports. The Citizens Advice Burea...

Rwanda - 20 Years on From the Genocide

Rose Caldwell | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Rose Caldwell

In the immediate aftermath of the genocide it was hard for me, as a young accountant volunteering with Concern Worldwide in East Africa, to imagine that Rwanda would ever achieve the level of peace, stability and economic recovery that it has today.

Poverty Holds Back Learning in Kenya

Manos Antoninis | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

Margaret, a teacher in Nairobi, is the fifth participant in the EFA Global Monitoring Report's 10-week #TeacherTuesday campaign. She works in Kibera, ...

My Week Living Below the Line

Stephen_Brown | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Stephen_Brown

I'm halfway through my Live Below the Line challenge - a campaign which highlights the challenges faced by 1.2 billion people who live in extreme poverty every day - and frankly, I'm shattered.

Why Are We Still Watching Poverty Porn?

Billy Hill | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK
Billy Hill

Every night, when we sit down in front of the television, the inevitable adverts pop up. That generic charity appeal that makes the room go silent, where a small, semi-naked, helpless child crawls across our television screens and the only thing we can do is awkwardly squirm or hope that our satellite box has enough minutes to fast forward.

Adaptation to Climate Change Means Economic Adaptation Too

Alastair Roderick | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

Choices made in the next few years will affect the risks of climate change. If conservatives are right, and adapting to climate change is a better strategy than mitigating it, this has to start with adapting our economies - the source of unsustainable environmental change.

The 'Other' World Cup

Kat Pugh | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Sport
Kat Pugh

The Street Child World Cup has competing boys and girls teams, it kicks off on Sunday 30th March in Rio, but unlike this Summer's event, it is the taking part that really does count as every single child participating has had a journey to get there and is already a winner.

Climate Change Is Here, And No One Is Immune, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK

No one is immune to the impact of climate change, which is fuelling war, hastening natural disasters, causing the extinction of species and threatens ...

May To Cut Migration, By Redefining It

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been accused of trying to "make the figures fit the politics" over proposals to cut net migration by nearly 20,000 a year by shortenin...

Is Aid Really Making the World Fairer?

Barbara Frost | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK
Barbara Frost

You may be surprised to learn that over the past decade, a third of the money pledged by aid donors for water and sanitation has failed to be delivered. That's US$27.6 billion out of the US$81.2 billion committed since 2002. This is a staggering amount of money. It could have helped hundreds of millions of people gain access to water and sanitation.

Never Has the Phrase 'Adapt or Die' Been So Apt

Ben Price | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Price

The world over, we are seeing ever more cases of extreme weather, from the recent floods in the UK to wild fires in Australia. With each incident comes the familiar assurances that - this time - the necessary action will be taken to make sure there is no repeat. The reality is we have no choice, as every country faces the fact that climate change - and its impact on the weather - is no longer a distant prediction, but a daily reality. And for the poorest people on the planet, the need to change is not just a matter of saving money, but saving lives.

'Try One Of Our Unemployed People First'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has urged British employers to try to take on an unemployed Briton first before offering a job to a foreign worker. The work and ...

Tory Peers Said Some Pretty Insulting Things About Food Banks Last Night

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Politics

Lord Tebbit has called on the government to investigate if people using food banks are in fact spending their money on junk food. Speaking in the H...

The Welfare Cap Alone Won't Bring Down Spending

Helen Donohoe | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Donohoe

Whatever the merits of an overall cap on welfare spending and however it is going to work, it's clear that on its own it's not enough. This debate on welfare and poverty is taking the focus from where it is most needed - helping vulnerable children and their families.

Budget 2014: It's Time to Tackle the 'Hard-Working Families' Rhetoric

Matt Hawkins | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Matt Hawkins

Not only should we question what the Conservative vision of a hard-working society looks like in reality, we should also remember who is evangelising it and why. When it comes to work and family backgrounds the Coalition cabinet could not be more unrepresentative of the run-of-the-mill British family.

It's St Patrick's Day but Let's be Honest, There's Not Much to Celebrate

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Tess Finch-Lees

There are haunting resonances between the Ireland of the past and present. A profusion of People begging in the streets, half built houses abandoned and boarded up. Rural towns, once vibrant are now jaded and deserted.