UK Poverty

What it is Like to Be Female and Homeless

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Kasdagli

"Homelessness has traditionally been seen as a male problem in the UK - and it has been treated as a male issue by policymakers. This work aims to show how widespread and damaging female homelessness has become."

Can Technology be a Magic Wand to Eliminate Poverty?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Technology is not only about global communication, it is also about collation of data, global analysis and precise solutions to end the problem that affects some part of the society.

Inequality Corrodes - Equality Must Be Pursued With Passion and Vigour

John Tizard | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Inequality is growing nationally and globally. It is corroding social cohesion and democracy. It is creating division. It is also holding back economic development and growth. However, too few politicians seem to regard inequality as important. Indeed, some of the Coalition government's policies have directly increased inequality and there is no indication that the Government has any strong desire to reverse this trend.

'Patronising' Tory MP Accused Of Wanting The Poor To Starve In The Dark

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics

A Tory MP stunned fellow parliamentarians after defending the benefits system that left a jobseeker with learning difficulties without food or electri...

No Pads = No School

Sarah Mehta | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Mehta

This tragic dilemma has disastrous consequences for girls: a lifetime of poverty, illiteracy, and diminished choices. While condoms are made available free of charge, where are the free sanitary pads to address this disaster for women's productivity and education?

St Andrews Students Fined Over 'F*** The Poor' Signs

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Two students from St Andrews University have been fined after they stood in the middle of a busy high street holding up signs reading "f*** the poor"....

This Government Has a Lot to Answer for When It Comes to Food Poverty

Ian Lavery | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK Politics
Ian Lavery

Nothing quite characterises the levels of poverty in austerity Britain better than the dramatic growth in the use of food banks in recent years. With record numbers visiting local food banks in many areas over Christmas - and January looking set to be their busiest month yet - it is clear that they remain a much needed resource for many working people as the Coalition government's cuts, poverty pay and harsh benefit sanctions take their toll on household incomes. How the government can stand by and refuse to act while so many people are struggling to make ends meet is beyond me. We need to work to boost wages, raise living standards and put an end to in-work poverty, food poverty and the cost of living crisis once and for all. We want a recovery that everyone can benefit from - not just the richest...

Davos 2016: One Year to Solve The Case

Claudia Delpero | Posted 29.03.2015 | UK
Claudia Delpero

It may be a rebalance of the economic powers, but the planet is far from being the place of equality. Oxfam claims that "in 2010, it took 388 billionaires to equal the wealth of the bottom half of the world's population and by 2014, the figure had fallen to just 80 billionaires." If the trend continues, warns the humanitarian group, in two years the richest 1% will have more than the remaining 99%.

Game of Thrones: Why the British Monarchy Must Go

Josh Marshall | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Josh Marshall

you might be thinking that in modern day, 2014, Britain, we've forgotten this feudal nonsense from the middle-ages! We've moved on Into a prosperous, egalitarian secularist society which rewards people based on merit!? Well we haven't!

Why I am Determined to End Hunger in Our Classrooms

Carmel McConnell | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK
Carmel McConnell

Hunger makes children lethargic or angry or simply unsettled. New research we commissioned as part of our Feed Their Future report finds that, for 4 out of 5 teachers, mornings are more stressful than they should be because their pupils haven't eaten breakfast.

On Faith and Secularism

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Perhaps the poor do have more to gain from faith then the middle classes, and religion for all its good and bad will not give way to secularism in Africa.

Rising Inequality in the Global South: Time to Focus on the Solutions

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Winnie Byanyima

Today Oxfam announced that the combined wealth of the richest 1% will overtake that of the other 99% of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked. Inequality is spiralling out of control, but consensus on taking action against this issue of our time is gathering pace.

'The World's Richest 1% Will Own More Than The Other 99%'

The Huffington Post/PA | Asa Bennett | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Politics

The world's richest 1% will own more than the other 99% by next year, Oxfam has warned. The anti-poverty charity has issued this stark message on g...

If This Is a Plan Working...

Daniel Woods | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Politics
Daniel Woods

The prologue to this election has been a narrative of disaffection and apathy among the public over a lack of real choices, real differences between the main players. But I don't see that - I see big differences, and very clear choices.

The Sustainable Development Goals Must Be Rooted In Reality, Not Rhetoric

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Over the course of 2015, the international community will be refining and defining the Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 target areas of the SDGs have been widely agreed upon, but it is now time to turn these target areas into a workable set of goals.

How Have Millionaire Tories Convinced Us Immigrants and the Poor Are to Blame for Poverty?

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

As long as the public continues to accept the assurances of the rich that we have to suffer so that they don't have to, the bitterness created will continue to create divisions between ethnic and religious communities that should be working together to destroy zero hour contracts and ensure proper funding for the NHS.

Rising From the Bottom to the Top Has Got to Stop - According to the Green Party

Harry Saville | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Promoting global economic growth is clearly not on the Green agenda, and clearly they're quiet content with the notion that this might mean that people rising from the bottom to the top might have to stop.

2014: Year of the Poor?

Dave Clements | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

The badly off, and the rest of us for that matter, are being stalked by a political class and charitable sector more interested in changing people's behaviour than solving society's problems.

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 13.02.2015 | 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 11.02.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 07.02.2015 | 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 08.02.2015 | 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.