UK Poverty

Who Needs To Use A Food Bank?

Channel 4 News | Chris York | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

Jane Deith visits a food bank in London which is open seven days a week - for those who cannot afford ordinary life....

IDS Downplays 'Tiny' Food Banks Attendance Despite 900,000 Users

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics

Use of food banks in the UK is "tiny" compared to Germany, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said. The Tory minister said there wer...

Russell Brand ....Bah, Humbug

Annabel Burn | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK
Annabel Burn

The UK is the world's sixth largest economy, yet 1 in 5 of the UK's population live below our official poverty line, which includes 3 million children...

Osborne's World: He Should Get Out More

Robin Lustig | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Their world hasn't fallen in. They don't depend on a few extra pounds in benefits to get them through the week, nor do they rely on social services to keep their families functioning. I somehow doubt that they use public libraries, or Sure Start centres, or community youth centres, or drugs rehabilitation units. Nor does anyone they know - family, friends, neighbours. In their world, nothing has changed. Executive pay continues to rise at obscene rates, and bonuses continue to be paid as if there's a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. So looking at the world through their eyes, yes, it's true. Everything's fine and dandy.

Human Rights Day - A Reminder of Why We Need an Integrated Approach

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Today marks the United Nation's 64th Human Rights Day. When proclaimed in 1950, the UN General Assembly's aim was to highlight 'to the peoples of the world' that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.

'Skint' Vs 'Posh People' - Inequality and the Great Class Divide

Becky Hopper | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

With 'Posh People' - based on the readership of Tatler magazine - on one channel and 'Skint' on another, it's probably time to address the growing inequality and the huge class divide...

A Class War Is Raging in Britain, But Only One Side Is Taking Punches

John Wight | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The Free Market isn't free. Its cost is measured in human despair and truncated lives. That we have a situation in one of the richest economies in the world where people, including children, do not have enough to eat, is nothing short of a crime.

'Rich People Don't Know How To Cook,' Says New Report

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Comedy

The richest people in Britain have no idea how to prepare their own meals, says a controversial new report. "We've lost our cooking skills. Rich pe...

9 Heartbreaking Stories From #FeedingBritain

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

Benefit delays, food waste and hungry children sent home to a cold house with empty cupboards are just some of the heartbreaking stories to emerge fro...

Britain Goes Hungry, Supermarkets Send Millions Of Tonnes To Landfill

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

Families are forced into food banks because of "unacceptable" delays in benefits, but action must be also taken to tackle high fuel bills, food prices...

Autumn Statement: A Long-Term Economic Plan Should Have a Poverty-free UK at Its Heart

Julia Unwin | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

The Autumn Statement was the Government's last chance to ensure the economic recovery does not bypass the worst off. This opportunity was missed.

Are You up for a Data Revolution?

Claudia Delpero | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK
Claudia Delpero

An advisory group to the United Nations is calling for a revolution. It won't be taking people to the streets, ousting governments or causing bloodshed, but it will overhaul the data driving governments' decisions.

In-Work Poverty Is Something We Must Do Our Utmost to Eradicate

Christian Wolmar | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Politics
Christian Wolmar

The UK is the sixth largest economy in the world by GDP. London is booming and is the pick of Europe for the headquarters of some of the world's biggest companies. In that context it is simply unacceptable to see how many people are being trapped by low pay.

From No to Low Pay

Nick de Taranto | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick de Taranto

Unpaid internships are just a prelude to a lifetime of low pay, normalising the idea that money earned is not enough to live off... the hourglass economy is a visual metaphor that describes the disappearance of middle income jobs, but at its heart there is a fallacy. We are not a country divided by earnings, so much as by assets - and this is especially true for the young.

Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge Set to Introduce Key Brussels Conference on Children Rough Sleepers at EU Parliament

Nick Fouche | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Fouche

Besides their enhanced chances of subjection to violence or of being embroiled in crime either as victims or perpetrators, teens sleeping today in our cities' parks, upon shop doorsteps or 'sofa surfing' between friends and acquaintances often live in real peril of various forms of abuse by adults or older minors who observe their movements over time only to then take advantage of their powerlessness.

Bob Geldof's African Complex

Ronnie Joice | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ronnie Joice

Here's a wild thought: Could Bob Geldof turn out to become one of Africa's worst enemies despite his original masterstroke of giving a platform to ageing rockers, publicity-hungry pop stars and dubious has-been singers to help promote their all-conquering charitable efforts?

Stop Youth Homelessness Before It Starts

Rick Henderson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Henderson

We believe that schools and other agencies working with young people could play a key part in the prevention of homelessness. Education about the realities of being homeless, as well as early identification of young people most at risk could make a significant difference.

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.

Let Them Eat Cake - Celebrating the End of Social Justice

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

If someone is in need then it is right to respond to that need - food banks are a great example of how ordinary people can make a difference in the face of growing social injustice. In fact one of my favourite organisations in Britain does respond to need in that way...

It's the Assets, Stupid

Kitty Ussher | Posted 12.11.2014 | UK Politics
Kitty Ussher

The recent decision by the Office of National Statistics to undertake large-scale data collection on the distribution of household wealth and assets in Britain has significant implications for public policy...

Class War Against London's Housing Elite

Daniel Brett | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Living in Bow in the Nineties, just one skyscraper dominated the skyline: ONE Canary Wharf. I would see it when I went to bed every night and when I woke up in the morning. With steam pouring from its air conditioning ducts through the night like some steam punk dragon, it winked knowingly at the council estates it towered over. It knew there was worse to come...

For Me, Government Action on Global Health Is Personal

Adrian Lovett | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Adrian Lovett

At ONE, we're working very hard to urge all governments to do their part. The good news for the UK is that others are stepping up, so the UK's share of the cost can fall a little. For a contribution of £1.2 billion over the next five years, averaging just £8 per year for each UK taxpayer, British support could save 1.5 million lives. What can be the argument for doing less?

Imagine Turning the Camera Lens onto the Masters of the Universe

Dan Silver | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Silver

Instead of 'poverty porn' being used to undermine the support for the welfare state, we would have a media that highlights the violently unequal society in which we live and reveal the hypocrisy that lies at the heart of it.

Jessica Elgot

What Miliband's 14-Year-Old Romanian Beggar Really Tells Us About Britain

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK

Poverty and human rights campaigners have expressed alarm at the revelation that the young girl begging for change pictured with Labour leader Ed Mili...

Why We All Need Free Education

Lutfur Rahman | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Politics
Lutfur Rahman

I believe that people like me have a duty to preserve the opportunities we had for future generations. So I'll be supporting the students' 19th November demonstration, and hope that people from our community come out to voice their desire for a fairer education and a better future.