UK Poverty

Here Are Five Ways You Can Help Food Banks Fight Hunger At Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK

Food banks are handing out more parcels than ever before as Britons battle food poverty in ever-increasing numbers - and Christmas will be no exceptio...

Give A Little Extra This Christmas

Emma Campbell | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

giving back.jpg This Christmas, instead of buying those extra gifts for yourself, why not put your money towards improving the lives of these vulnerable people? Here are a list of five charities in need of your help this Christmas.

Why There's A Foodbank Outside Parliament Today

Adrian Curtis | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK
Adrian Curtis

giving back.jpg We frequently meet people who find themselves making tough decisions like going hungry so their children can have a hot meal, or turning off the heating so they can keep the lights on for a little longer. We want to make sure that policymakers hear from the experiences of real people on the knife-edge of poverty.

Women Carry The Burden Of Poverty - We Should End That Injustice

Helen Barnard | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

We hear a lot about the injustices woman face in modern Britain, not least in the form of the gender pay gap. An IFS report earlier this year captured the spotlight as it spelled it out in cold, hard statistics how the pay gap between men and women grows after having children, leading to stalled career progression. But a story less often told is how women at the bottom end of the labour market are carrying the heavier burden of poverty in our society. Figures released by JRF as part of the BBC's 100 Women highlight this reality. A fifth of women - around 5.1million - live in poverty in the UK, compared to 4.4million men.

Welfare Myth Five - The UK Is Rich

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

When I get the chance I try and show how many of the things we believe to be true about the welfare state are actually myths. It's been a while since ...

50 Years Ago My Father Founded Shelter, Today He'd Still Be Dismayed

Ann Kenrick | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK
Ann Kenrick

His main focus was on housing the massive number of people who were living in appallingly squalid conditions or who - like Cathy in the powerful film Cathy Come Home - had fallen on really hard times and were at risk of being separated from their children and having nowhere to go.

An Economy For Everyone, Needs Opportunities For 'Everyone'

Tina Hallett | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tina Hallett

On Wednesday the new Chancellor delivered his first, and last, Autumn Statement. This was a significant moment for Theresa May and her cabinet - the G...

The Real Junk Food Project Brighton

Lucy Maddox | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

"These are all the way from Peru, look at these beauties," Sarah beams as she offers me some blueberries. "They have flown half-way round the world on...

Charity Begins With Us

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Christmas is coming; how about doing something over this festive period to make a difference? Even better, if you're doing something along these lines why not share your own experiences in the comments? It may inspire someone.

For Britain's Young People Social Mobility Is Only Getting Worse, Not Better

Alan Milburn | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Alan Milburn

The Commission I chair hopes those reforms can be captured by government in A Ten Year Plan for Social Reform. It will take time and effort, as well as new thinking and new approaches, to create a level playing field of opportunity in our country. But that should be the holy grail of public policy, the priority for government and the cause which unites the nation to action.

Yes, I, Daniel Blake Is True To Life - But That's Not What We Should Be Debating

Sarah Chapman | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Chapman

Late to the party, I finally watched I, Daniel Blake in my local independent cinema this weekend, overpriced, delicious, and soon to feel incongruous ...

Yes, Foodbank Use Is Complex - But We Can't Ignore The Evidence

Kayleigh Garthwaite | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK
Kayleigh Garthwaite

Yes, foodbank use is complex, but that doesn't mean the government should dismiss evidence linking sanctions and their use. We must listen to people using foodbanks so that can we understand who they are, why they use them, and what it feels like. Only then can we start to do something about it.

Manchester - One Of The Worst Places To Be A Girl In The UK... Or Is It?

Frankie Leach | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frankie Leach

Plan International UK has recently released a report finding that Manchester, among with Blackpool and Middlesbrough, is one of the worst places in the UK to be a girl.

The Homelessness Reduction Bill Is A Step In The Right Direction

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics
Ioan Marc Jones

t is still underfunded, and hopefully the prospect additional funds will be raised during the Third Reading, but it is a step, perhaps only a small step, in the right direction. Charities have accomplished truly incredible feats with limited resources, but now the government needs to take some responsibility.

The Big Issue - Hard Sell

Lisa Ives | Posted 26.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Ives

For a couple of months now there has been a young woman selling the Big Issue magazine outside my local supermarket. Small shop on the High Street, you know the kind of thing. During these months my feelings towards her have spun out of control, from rational to downright, certifiably crazy. And I ask myself why?

I, Daniel Blake And The Devastating Impact Of Benefit Sanctions

Reverend Paul Nicolson | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Reverend Paul Nicolson

I met John* after his three month sanction had ended. He lived in a fifth floor council flat and was wondering whether to throw himself off the balcony. He had a history of depression and I do not like to speculate what would have happened if he had been left on his own.

Things Have Just Got Even Worse For Britain's Poorest

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

The rising cost of everyday goods is “just the start” of a sustained rise in inflation that will hit Britain’s poor hardest, experts have warned...

People Living In Poverty End Up Paying Higher Prices Across The Board - That's The Poverty Premium

Cliff Prior | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

Being poor is not just about being unable to afford those 'nice to have' things - it's being forced to pay more for the absolute essentials, such as gas, electricity, banking, household goods and even groceries simply because you are living in poverty. It's called the 'poverty premium' and it is effectively a tax on the poor.

Unseen Britain: What A Deal And Discounts Site Reveals About Poverty In The UK

Thomas Church | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Thomas Church

I recently created a money saving website. It's grown from 0 - 10,000 in a month and a half. That sounds impressive. But actually, it's worrying. ...

To Stop Child Marriage We Need To Stop Failing Girls At School

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Fiona Mavhinga

Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, I want to call for everyone - whether they are policy makers, non-profit leaders or everyday citizens looking to make a difference in the world - to listen to the real experts in girls' education.

We've Got To Start Joining The Dots Between Poverty And Abuse

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

If we want to ensure that women's life chances aren't narrowed by gender, that girls born today won't face the limitations and closing off of opportunities caused by the combination of poverty and abuse, we've got to start joining these dots.

Social Supermarkets And Foodbanks - Tackling Hunger And Poverty Together

David McAuley | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK
David McAuley

We still have a long way to go to make sure the benefits system is as fair as it should be for people in poverty in the UK. By partnering with organisations like Community Shop, we hope to do more to break social isolation and help people with the dignity they deserve, to try and make sure they never need to use the foodbank again.

Give Families Breathing Space To Escape Debt Trap

Matthew Reed | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK
Matthew Reed

Children can't take out loans - but they can suffer the consequences of aggressive creditors all the same. The Children's Society is deeply concerned that bailiffs, utility companies and local councils who chase struggling parents over unpaid debts may be inflicting real damage to children's mental health.

Poverty Is One Of The UK's Greatest Injustices - But It Can Be Solved

Julia Unwin | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

Poverty in the UK is a big problem, and solving it requires a big response. But we cannot avoid the problem any longer. As Brexit showed, addressing poverty is a moral, political and economic imperative. It wastes people's potential, depriving our society and economy of the skills and talents of those who have valuable contributions to make. Solving the burning injustice of poverty is the way to truly make Britain work for all.

Orphanages Are Not A Holiday Destination: The Problem With Voluntourism and 'Poverty Porn'

Philip Ellis | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK
Philip Ellis

As the market research keeps telling us, millennials are all about experiences. And when it comes to life-enriching experiences, there's nothing more fulfilling than volunteering in an orphanage in a developing country, right? Fulfilling for the volunteer, maybe.