UK Poverty

Nepal - New Year, New Hope

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

None of this would have been possible without the commitment and dedication of more than 300 volunteers and partners who have gone the extra mile to support people who need it the most, but there's still lots more be done. As this New Year gets underway and recovery and reconstruction continue, we must not lose sight of Nepal's most vulnerable children - girls and children with disabilities - who desperately need an education to escape the cycle of poverty.

A Fair City for All

Rachael Orr | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Rachael Orr

We should all be angry that such high levels of deprivation exist alongside such wealth in the capital. The new London Mayor must tackle this crisis as a matter of urgency to ensure that prosperity is equally shared and millions of Londoners are not left behind.

Ending Extreme Poverty Will Require New Ways of Working

Philip Goodwin | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Philip Goodwin

In terms of its ambition and scope, nothing quite like the Global Goals has ever been attempted. If successful, the impact on all our lives would be profound. It would be one of our defining accomplishments, but if we don't take these principles of cooperation on board, we may well be placing humanity's greatest endeavour out of our reach even before the ink has set on its agreement.

English Language: A Persistent Issue in Indonesia

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Whenever she is called, Celina says frequently, 'Pardon', to clarify our utterances. With her authentic smile and shy character, she then said; 'I am sorry, my English is not good'. Celina arrived in Manchester with obsequious English skills and a simple dream; to work as a cleaner in a restaurant.

The European Parliament Votes to Put Gender Equality at the Heart of the Fight Against Poverty

Julie Ward | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Politics
Julie Ward

The Commission and national governments must include a strong gender pillar in all of their social policy, showing that the EU acts for its constituents and for gender equality and social justice.

You Know What? Together, We've Done Good

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

For our first collection we asked you to sort your donated hand-me-downs by size and season. And you did really well, with around 40,000 pieces of clothing donated, potentially saving them from landfill.

The Panama Papers Show That There's Enough Money to Solve the World's Problems - It's Just in the Wrong Hands

Bradley Allsop | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

The money we desperately need to fix the world's growing problems is there, but we have an economic and political system that ensures it stays in the wrong hands, for a reason no more noble than greed. A better world is possible, but only by challenging the dominance and privilege of the rich.

Should the UK Help Trafficked Prostitutes in India?

Adrienne Macartney | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Adrienne Macartney

Delhi is dust. Fluid warmth. Polluted heat aching for monsoon. The baby in the puddle cries as I walk away. A rickshaw, all tinsel and paint, stutt...

Don't Be Taken for a Ride by the New Living Wage: Big Firms are Denying it to Cycle Couriers

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

The 1st April sees an increase in the minimum wage, rebranded as the National Living Wage, to £7.20 for those over 25 years of age. But one group of workers - cycle couriers - will be denied this modest boost to their income.

The Bitter Taste of Easter

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

There's a terrible irony that while we are getting fat on sugar, Ugandans are going hungry because of it. Leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, doesn't it?

Budget 2016: Four Ways the Schools Spending Spree Could Have Helped the Poorest Children

Helen Barnard | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Politics
Helen Barnard

Did the Chancellor invest in improving our children's prospects in yesterday's Budget? Kind of. He certainly invested. Over four years he is spending £640 million on turning all schools into academies and moving to a new funding formula, £690 million on longer school days, £490 million on school sports and £80 million to improve attainment in Northern schools. Sadly, the chances of this windfall actually improving education, especially for children from low income backgrounds, is uncertain at best.

Chancellor - Childcare Can Help Level the Playing Field and Create a Strong Incentive to Work... But It's Not Doing So Yet

Imelda Redmond | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Imelda Redmond

Childcare is a critical part of modern infrastructure. As vital in getting parents into work as any train line or motorway, yet we don't hear the same long-term, national rallying calls for similar levels of investment.

Budget 2016: How the Rowntrees Could Cure George Osborne's Productivity Problem

Julia Unwin | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Julia Unwin

It's been easy to miss given the dominance of Europe, but George Osborne must stand before the Commons tomorrow in a very tricky predicament to delive...

When We're Talking About Equality, We Mustn't Forget the Most Marginalised

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

We've got to get better at reaching all of these women and girls. At recognising the ways in which gender, trauma, poverty, race, and other forms of inequality combine together to trap them. We need systems and services to recognise when women are experiencing these multiple forms of disadvantage, and to provide safe, effective, trauma and gender informed support.

Women's Rights? Let's Talk About Poverty First on International Women's Day 2016

Pauline Ngari | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Pauline Ngari

Many poor women in Africa still receive little or no education, are unlikely to find a job which will enable them to earn a living and are certainly not equal - in fact they are at the bottom of the pile. These women face so many problems that their 'rights' are a long way from their minds.

If You Want to Tackle Poverty, Try Sharing the Housework

Sally Copley | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK
Sally Copley

Globally, this unpaid work by women could be worth as much as $10 trillion a year - 13% of global GDP. Women in poorer countries face even higher inequality because a lack of infrastructure, technology and public services means they spend more time in their day looking after their home and family.

It's Time to Stop the Homeless Blaming

Wemmy Ogunyankin | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Wemmy Ogunyankin

Starving people of whatever substance they may be abusing can kill them too. If a homeless person is an addict, they need to be weaned off safely. You cannot be weaned off a drug through starvation, eye rolls and bad attitudes.

How Cities Can Tackle Poverty

George Ferguson | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Politics
George Ferguson

Our city should look to a cocktail of issues to address social inequality rather than resorting to just one, two or three because, as research and experience shows, the causes of poverty and deprivation are enormously complex. Bristol needs leadership that not only understands this but is prepared to see the necessary action through to craft a pathway to much greater equality of opportunity for all.

The Future of Family Incomes

Sam Royston | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Politics
Sam Royston

Official statistics show that 1.7million children live in families that can't afford to heat their home and 300,000 live in families that can't afford to buy them a warm winter coat. The House of Lords has told the Government that money matters to children's lives. The Government must listen and think again about its plans to remove the commitment to measure and report on the number of children living in poverty.

Millions Of Children Prepare To Face Families' Benefit Freeze Imposed By IDS

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK

More than seven million children will be affected by family members being hit by a four-year benefit freeze, research has shown. The Children’s S...

Easy Foodstore? Food Poverty Is A Growing UK Crisis

Alex Jackson | Posted 19.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Jackson

The health implications are huge - are we suggesting that those in food poverty also deserve aggravated health problems? The purported savings are not cheap at all once the associated health bills are added up.

Random Acts Of Kindness Are Helping Mums In Crisis

Molly Hodson | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK
Molly Hodson

Today is the official #RAKweek #RandomActsOfKindnessDay. We're so thankful that we see so many acts of kindness every day at foodbanks, and some of them are just so heart-warming that we thought they needed sharing...

Tampons or Food?

Jodie Louise Connor | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jodie Louise Connor

TOTM is a campaign we have set up which intends to raise donations of sanitary products, baby wipes and clean underwear for women facing homelessness in and around Manchester City Centre. Lack of access to sanitary products might only be a small part of the daily challenges that homeless women face but I don't think we can underestimate the value of allowing women to maintain their comfort and dignity.

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.

Why Coach Class Isn't Enough for Africa

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

From my experience, these billionaires will be well informed individuals who donate substantial sums to charity every year. I have nothing but admiration for what many of them have achieved, but goodness I would like to get them on a coach and take them on a magical mystery tour, sharing some of the sights I have witnessed in Africa.