UK Poverty

New Benefit Cap Means Workless Private Renters Now Banned From 92% of UK

Nick Stephenson | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

We are rapidly approaching a point where the UK's poorest, particularly those unfortunate enough to be unemployed and who have larger families, are running out of reasonable housing options. The result is likely to be an increase in the use of temporary accommodation which fails the overcrowded families within it and costs the public purse more despite reforms being marketed as part of an austerity drive.

A Shadow Cast over the Sun: Vodafone Sol, Buxton Water and Assaults against Public Space

Lucy Bell | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Politics
Lucy Bell

Fighting against growing levels of precarity, unemployment, poverty and homelessness - in Spain and, contrary to what our government claims, in the UK - also requires us to reclaim what should belong to the state and its citizens, to us.

What Do We Really, Really Want From the G7 Meeting?

Pauline Ngari | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Pauline Ngari

What we really, really want from the G7 this week therefore is an initiative which brings together governments, business and NGOs to create and grow small businesses which will put economic power in the hands of women.

People vs Austerity: An Assembly of Hope

Zion Lights | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Zion Lights

Two years on and we find ourselves further burdened by cuts and now reeling from the impact of a Tory government, Conned once again by our broken electoral system. So what's the alternative? We organise. We march. We stand.

The BBC's 'Britain's Hardest Grafter' Show Should be Britain's Greatest Shame

Bradley Allsop | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

What is perhaps most worrying about all this is that is coming from what is usually a fairly impartial service (many will disagree with this statement, but the disagreement will come in equal measure from both the Left and the Right, so I am content). If the relatively benign BBC genuinely believes this sort of show is acceptable, what on earth are other, more radical channels and tabloids cooking up?

The Battle for Britain's Soul: Oscar Wilde, Socialism and Equality of Happiness

Kevin Childs | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics
Kevin Childs

What kind of country do we live in? This must be at the back of the minds of everyone listening to or reading the Queen's Speech, but is it the wrong question? Shouldn't we be asking what kind of world would bring us happiness?

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 30.06.2015 | 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 27.06.2015 | 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 27.06.2015 | 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 26.06.2015 | 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 22.06.2015 | 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 20.06.2015 | 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 20.06.2015 | 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 17.06.2015 | 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?