UK Poverty

Deeply Divided Britain

Ben Phillips | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Phillips

Today Oxfam published some shocking figures that show just how deeply divided Britain is. Just five families have more wealth than the poorest 20 percent of the entire UK population. That's nearly 13 million people, the same number as those officially classed as living below the UK poverty line.

How Did The Five Wealthiest UK Families Get So Rich?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

The UK's five wealthiest families are richer than the poorest fifth of the entire country, 12.6 million Britons, new research by Oxfam has shown. I...

These Five British Families Have More Money Than The 12.6m Poorest Combined

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK

The UK's five richest families have more cash between them than the poorest 20% of the entire population, 12.6 million Britons, with new research show...

Jessica Elgot

Porn Stars 'Don't Need Rescuing', Performers Tell Anti-Porn Conference

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK

Porn stars, prostitutes and strippers "do not need to be rescued" by anti-porn feminists. That was the rally cry at a London protest on Saturday, with...

Long Live the Humble King

David Abrahams | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
David Abrahams

It is a testimony to Benn's mindset that he was befriended by those whose political beliefs were shivering polar opposites to his own. He will be missed by both sides of the House more than any other figure I can recall.

Living Without Food

Chris Malla | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Malla

On 4 March 2014, I witnessed a group of police officers forcibly move on some homeless people around Newland Avenue in Hull, the heart of the city's student population. Their only crime was being homeless, which I don't feel is a crime, and certainly doesn't justify the treatment they received. I felt helpless, and had to carry on home, angry...

Will You Live Below The Line?

Stephen_Brown | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK
Stephen_Brown

When I launched Live Below the Line in the UK in 2012 I didn't think doing the challenge was going to be difficult at all. I thought those who screwed up their faces when I proposed the challenge were simply lazy. I remember being a student - the Smart Price pies, Pot Noodles and spaghetti shapes. Living on so little for over three years, how hard could living on £1 a day for five days really be?

Jobcentres ARE Told To Send Struggling People To Foodbanks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK

Jobcentres have been advised to send people to food banks, raising fears of the creeping use of the emergency food as a integral part of the welfare s...

The Geographical Purge of Britain's Poorest

James Gibson | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Politics
James Gibson

Thousands of people are being needlessly forced out of their communities, exiled from their homes and pushed away from friends and family, all due to a government policy that is entrenching class division.

How Cross-Border Trade Is Empowering Women and Fostering Peace in DRC

Maria Lange | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

Through a collection of photographs and interviews, Crossings: The journey to peace challenges predominant narratives about eastern DRC, which focus on 'conflict trade' and 'rape' above broader lived experiences.

Free School Meal Plan 'Ludicrous', Says Head

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK

Critics of the Government's plan to offer free school meals to every five to seven-year-old have questioned the official advice to help head teachers ...

UK Families Are Struggling to Afford Basics... And It's Not Just Food

Robin Boles | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Robin Boles

Much has been reported in recent months about providing food to families who are struggling to make ends meet, but unfortunately there is a much broader and deeper side to this story: a desperate need for everyday essentials, items that are getting left off the weekly shop long before people turn to food hand-outs.

Why I'm Going Hungry Tomorrow

Sarah Teather | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

Many struggle to be patient with their children when they skip meals so they can feed them first. Some care for relatives in demanding physical ways in spite of lack of food. Others go to work each day on an empty stomach, earning their way but still with inadequate resource to pay for food, rent and heating. It is a national scandal.

Using Laughter to Fight Poverty on International Women's Day

Pauline Ngari | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Pauline Ngari

This Saturday, March 8, is International Women's Day. To mark the occasion I want to talk about a ground breaking program that uses laughter to raise the spirits and incomes of young mothers living in poverty in the slums of Nairobi.

Rachel Johnson's BBC 'Poverty Safari' Made Her Feel Guilty About A £3 Coffee

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK

Ex-magazine editor Rachel Johnson, sister to London Mayor Boris Johnson, has said she now feels "guilty" spending £3 on a coffee after observing how ...

Why Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne Are Wrong on Child Poverty

Alison Garnham | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

Child poverty costs this country £29billion a year, and will rise to £35billion by 2020 if the projections prove accurate. Other countries are doing far better on the existing - internationally recognised - measures. It's not the child poverty targets that are 'discredited', but the government's approach to meeting them.

Tax Evasion: The Main Cause of Global Poverty

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

Just think, if the money lost to tax evasion was available for governments to allocate according to current spending patterns, the amount going towards health services could save an estimated 1.9 million children a year. That's approximately 21 fewer children dying in the time it took you to read this article.

From Benefits Street to Famous, Rich and Hungry - Poverty Porn? Nah, It's Just Reality TV

Dave Clements | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dave Clements

Next month, as part of the Sport Relief season of programmes (I know, yawn), we lucky viewers will be treated to seeing the likes of the Dragon's Den's Theo Paphitis and some spoilt rich 'star' off Made in Chelsea quite literally slumming it with people living in 'food poverty' (whatever that is supposed to mean).

Why Osborne And IDS Are Wrong On Child Poverty - In 10 Shocking Facts

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Politics

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has backed down on plans to redefine how child poverty is measured, after critics leapt up to warn that ...

New Child Poverty Strategy Is Last Chance for Coalition to Show It's Serious About Ending Child Poverty

Alison Garnham | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

This week's Child Poverty Strategy will set the course for the next three years - taking us halfway to the target date. There is no silver bullet for ending child poverty, and the strategy needs to work on a number of fronts.

Shocking Facts About Child Poverty You Need To Know

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith is speeding ahead with plans to redefine how child poverty is measured in Britain in response to a wave of criticism of his welfare ...

'Cycle Of Poverty' For People With HIV

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK

A charity has pointed the finger at government cuts for the "cycle of poverty" facing people with HIV. The Terrence Higgins Trust it was a "disgrac...

Asa Bennett

Is It Moral To Strip Benefits For Weeks Just For Missing An Interview?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg was taken to task on his LBC radio show by "William from Stafford" over how government welfare changes were forcing the poor to increasingl...

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Dr Steve McCabe | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Dr Steve McCabe

Given that many of the jobs lost in manufacturing over the last forty years - it now accounts for less than 10% of the economy - were in 'traditional' areas of the country such as the North East and North West, to name but two, any increase in jobs that require making real things, as opposed to the service sector, would be welcome.

Jessica Elgot

UN Fears That Next Generation Could Have Worse Nutrition Than Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK

The United Nations is concerned that this generation of children could be less well-nourished than the previous, living in developed nations hit by de...