UK Poverty

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.

How Kenton Lee Is Tackling Child Poverty, One (Expandable) Shoe At A Time

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

There are roughly 300 million children on this planet who have no shoes to wear. This heartbreaking reality has been the driving force behind Ameri...

A Rent Cap in Name Only

Martha Mackenzie | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Politics
Martha Mackenzie

Supply is the big political issue we're finally reaching consensus on - but in the meantime, renters deserve a meaningful debate. There are 11million of us - and we're not going anywhere soon.

Over One Million Britons Fed by Foodbanks - Why?

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

With over one million people using Trussell Trust Foodbanks, I couldn't help but reflect on what Jon said: he wanted to be out of a job for the right reasons. The Foodbank doesn't want to exist. Jon, however, looks like he might be working for a while yet.

What Do Tigers Have in Common With Poverty and Climate Change?

Emma Wigley | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Emma Wigley

In November last year I travelled with a photographer to the Sundarbans, on the north east Indian coastline, to investigate the impact of climate change in an area at particular risk from global warming.

The General Election Doesn't Matter - But Only If You're Russell Brand

Louise Pennington | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Louise Pennington

Or, any other rich, white guy with a trust fund or 6 figure income or a banker or a footballer or a Russian oligarch or CEO of a multi-national corporation or a hedge fund manager. It matters to the vast majority of families living in the UK (and not "families" as defined by the current obsession with "hard-working families" rhetoric used to punish anyone who is not rich)

The Reality Is That the Rise in Food Banks Is a Result of a Tory Government Failing to Protect the Most Vulnerable

Maria Eagle | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Politics
Maria Eagle

The rise of food banks in 21st Century Britain is nothing short of a disgrace. Today's figures from the Trussell Trust confirm that in David Cameron's Britain more than a million people have to rely on food banks each year. This is the Tory plan that David Cameron says is working.

Top 20 Reasons to Love Citizen Income

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Citizen Income is the best solution to the injustices of our current tax and benefit system; but as Abba Eban once said, "Men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other resources."

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

Philip Goodwin | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.

Getting By in the UK

Jayne Sykes | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Jayne Sykes

Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?

The Food Waste Revolution Putting an End to Hunger

Leo Garbutt | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

Set up by Adam Smith in early 2013, the café attempts to reverse the town's hardship. Its colourful exterior beams across the cracked pavement with a banner reading "pay as you feel", tempting customers inside.

Live Like a Burundian - The Hungriest People in the World

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

My charity Send a Cow, is currently one of a number signed up to Global Poverty Project's Live Below the Line campaign. It encourages people to live for five days on what the world's poorest survive on for a lifetime. In the UK that means eating and drinking on £1 a day.

We Need to Talk About Stock Cubes and Hot Water

Chris Mould | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK
Chris Mould

On Easter Monday, the Sun ran a full page non-story attacking the Trussell Trust for tenuous and supposed hypocrisy. Was there any mention of the fact that thousands of parents are going hungry to feed their children in the UK this Easter holiday? No. For me, this is the real story - or at least it should be. So why are certain sections of the media so determined to undermine anyone who speaks out about the reality of hunger and poverty in the UK? Last Easter, the Mail on Sunday ran an undercover investigation at foodbanks, trying to attack them, and those who need them. It notoriously backfired. This year it was the Sun.

Why We All Need to Own the 'V' Word

Philip Goodwin | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Philip Goodwin

This says to me that we need to take volunteering out of the margins and into the mainstream. We in the sector have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine volunteering for the next few decades at least.

Photo Story: Hong Kong's Most Vulnerable Holed Up in Squalid Slums

Tom Grundy | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

With families to look after and housing rents in Hong Kong among the highest in the world, some asylum claimants risk fines and imprisonment by working. For many, it is the only way to survive.

Peterlee to Patagonia: EU-Latin American Cooperation Is Key to North East's Future

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

We need an ambitious yet realistic agenda to end extreme poverty by 2030 as the UN has proposed, and it is my firm belief that increased cooperation between states on issues such as trade, human rights, security and climate change gives us the political clout in order to achieve this. It is only in this way we can ensure that the benefits of globalisation are felt all the way from the Peterlee to Patagonia.