UK Poverty

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.

Tory MP Under Fire For His Attack On A Local Clothes Bank

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics

A Tory MP has sparked controversy after suggesting there was "more than a hint of party politics" behind the launch of a clothes bank outside his cons...

Time to Even Up Extreme Gap Between Rich and Poor

Emma Seery | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK
Emma Seery

Our report sets out some very clear specific actions that will help close the gap. We want all governments to commit to a shared goal to tackle extreme inequality, a commitment to prioritise tackling inequality when making policy choices. This has failed to happen in recent decades.

Cost of School Leading to Bullying for Children in Poverty - Action Needed

Matthew Reed | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

A third of children living in the poorest families said they had fallen behind at school because their family couldn't afford a computer or internet access.

Children Fall Prey to the Dangers of Austerity

David Bull | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
David Bull

Surely no-one wants our most vulnerable children to suffer, even in harsh economic times. And they don't need to. Different choices are possible. We know because many other countries have done better. It is possible to reduce child poverty and deprivation even as we take steps to recover from the great recession.

More Poverty Should Mean Fewer Billionaires, Right? Wrong.

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK

The number of billionaires in the world has more than doubled since the financial crisis began, in a surge of inequality that one charity said could "...

Hunger and Climate Change: A Double Injustice

Sven Harmeling | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Sven Harmeling

The IPCC holds lessons for us all, for our daily lives, and in terms of what we demand from our governments and businesses as we urge them to work for more just and sustainable economies and societies where hunger can eventually be eradicated.

Do You Care More About Russell Brand Than the Planet?

Chris Ward | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Ward

Vote, run a marathon for charity, sell all your possessions, start a political party, have a cup of tea with your neighbours, sponsor a friend. Whatever it is, you can make a difference by doing whatever you think is right, it doesn't matter if anyone else thinks your wrong.

Oxjam Music Festival Boosted by Rise in Social Businesses

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Leeanne Boulton

Last year over quarter of a million pounds was raised from 60 plus regional Takeovers throughout the UK and this year the target is £400,000. Since 2006, Oxjam has raised more than £2.3million for Oxfam.

For the World's Poorest Women Poverty Is Always a Sexual and Political Issue

Raquel E Sofer | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Raquel E Sofer

It was India's father, Gandhi who famously said that 'poverty is the worst form of violence'. What he didn't say, but what is worth pointing out on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, is that poverty is a form of violence dealt to some with more brutality than others.

Chipsafer: Upgrading Agriculture

One Young World | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK
One Young World

Maria Victoria Alonsoperez is a One Young World delegate from Uruguay. She was a delegate speaker during the Global Business Plenary Session at...

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

The Tories Have Declared War on Society - Now Society Must Declare War on Them

John Wight | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

With the next UK general election now a mere eight months away, the stakes could not be higher. The prospect of another five years of the Tories in power, and worse a Tory majority government, is a chilling one. The time has come to consign not only this government of the rich, and by the rich to history, but also the ideology of greed, selfishness, and avarice that underpins it.