UK Poverty

My Shopping List Consists of Bike Parts, Chicken Coops and Some Bamboo Poles...

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

The walk from Nema HQ to the local village isn't too far but in hot mid-morning sun our initial enthusiastic pace slows down to a more sedate lumber. I'm quite pleased and refreshed when the recent rains have flooded the road and we need to wade through holding our modest long skirts up.

UK: Divisive Narratives Around Migration Can Fuel Tensions in Communities

Barry Navarro | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Barry Navarro

According a YouGov poll published for the first time since the start of the financial crisis, the economy no longer tops the list of issues the British public is most concerned about: immigration is now on a par with the economy, with 52% or respondents saying it's the main issue facing the UK today.

Fragile States: Boosting Community Systems for an Effective Health Response

Dr Alvaro Bermejo | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Alvaro Bermejo

Consider for a moment some of the countries currently making the news and the challenges that lie ahead in rebuilding infrastructures and services disrupted by internal conflict, chronic violence and protracted crisis: the Central African Republic, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan...

Scientists Accused Of Turning Into 'Activists' Over Global Warming

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK

Scientists have been accused of confusing their role as impartial observers with green activism after a paper challenging predictions about the speed ...

Vast Inequality Is a Stain on Our Society

Keith Taylor | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Politics
Keith Taylor

There can be no greater challenge to a just society than a gaping divide between rich and poor. And it's a problem that, by it's very nature, will only get worse unless serious action is taken. That means both lifting the poorest out of poverty and also bringing the richest back down to earth.

Mozambique: Back in the Air and Back on the Blog

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK
Laura Tenison MBE

It's been a while since I was in the air alone, with time to do exactly what I want. Drink wine, read a book, watch a movie, chat up my neighbour...or even put fingers to keyboard and bash away. Since my last productive blogging moment when I spent a few weeks travelling around the USA for JoJo, I have been away, but only in the company of my lovely boys...

What Terrorists Can Teach Us About Education

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Vivi Friedgut

This horrific action has shone a light on a fact we sometimes forget - education is the cornerstone of a society. While none of us know how this story is going to play out in Nigeria perhaps we can find a grain of relevance for ourselves.

Beware, in This Digital Age, of the Wrath of the People

Hugh Salmon | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK
Hugh Salmon

WRATH: 1. strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire. 2. vengeance or punishment as the consequence of anger.

It's Unacceptable That New Refugees Face Homelessness and Destitution

Maurice Wren | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Maurice Wren

Being granted refugee status and leaving the nightmare of the asylum system behind should be a moment of relief; the starter gun to be able to rebuild your life in safety and come to terms with your traumatic experiences in your country of origin. But it's not.

This Is What Happens When Hot Models Try To Make Poverty Sound Sexy

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK

Gorgeous models can usually appear to be sexy in adverts with very little effort — that is until the dialogue on the cue cards is about dead childre...

Why Is The UK Such A Bad Place To Be A Mother?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK

The UK has tumbled down the rankings of the World Mother's Index, putting it on a par with Belarus for maternal and child deaths, poverty and educatio...

Breaking the Link Between Poverty and Disability

Kate Green MP | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Kate Green MP

Labour supports an overall cap on benefits spending, but that means tackling the root causes of poverty among disabled people - low employment and the failure of government employment programmes such as the Work Programme to help them into jobs, rising living costs and the squeeze on family finances, and the pressures on public services that prevent them from participating fully in society. These pressures help create a vicious circle that means poverty and disability are mutually reinforcing. Labour is determined to break that link.

For the World's Poorest People, Cooking Is One of the Biggest Killers - We Can Change That

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Of all the threats to life that people in the developing world face, it is astonishing that the simple act of cooking is one of the greatest dangers of them all. And the scale of the tragedy is enormous; nearly three billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with firewood or charcoal on traditional cookstoves or open fires.

A Vote for Sinn Féin Is a Vote for Poverty

Ben Acheson | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Admittedly, that is a slightly sensationalist statement, but let's look at the facts. Forget highly-charged diatribes about United Irelands or United Kingdoms. Forget histrionic republicanism, flag-waving unionism and arguments about terrorists and freedom fighters. Take bigotry, ideology, and romanticism out of it.

People Using Foodbanks Are Hard-Up Not Hungry

Dave Clements | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dave Clements

The economic crisis, not just the recent downturn, is all too real and unprecedented in its apparent resistance to the interventions of a clueless political class. But exaggerating the extent of the so-called 'food poverty' problem isn't helping anybody.

Take Practical Action and Live Below the Line

Gemma Hume | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Gemma Hume

I've run the London Marathon, cycled 100km, done soup diets and climbed mountains, but this has been the most physically and mentally gruelling challenge of my life.

Reality TV Has Jumped the Shark

Paul Blanchard | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Blanchard

Roll on a remarkable short time to 2014 and we have Benefits Street. Nothing subtle here. Basically we get to watch people living in a street where most are on benefits. Call me old-fashioned but there is something distasteful about this.

IDS Tells EU Critic: You Hate Britain

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics

Iain Duncan Smith has lashed out at EU Employment Commissioner Laszlo Andor after he warned that the UK government's benefits restrictions looked "nas...

My Story

Kwame Bryan | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK
Kwame Bryan

This was day I became homeless. It was a chaotic day. I was carrying several bags, and was not sure what or where I was going. I went to a café, had a coffee and decided to see what happened. Not much of a plan, but I had never been homeless. Eventually, that night, I slept in the A & E Department at St George's Hospital, Tooting.

Our Dysfunctional World of War and Poverty

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

As a species we have tremendous talents. Our scientific achievements are incredible; our advances in medicine and technology are stunning. Our social development however is still almost at Stone Age level.

Britain Has 'Violated Right To Nutrition' As 1m Now Use Food Banks

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

The British government has been accused of violating the human right to food, and international law, as it was revealed nearly one million adults and ...

The Myth of Increasing Aid

Harry Brown | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

After two years of declining world aid, last Tuesday, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released new figures that demonstrated that aid had reached a record high in 2013 and increased by over 6.1%. In the face of what appears to be a gratifying headline, beneath the surface lies a far more depressing state of affairs.

If The UK Is Recovering, Why Are 15 Million Still 'Living On The Edge'?

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics

Around 15 million people are "living on the edge" despite the improving economy, a report by a debt charity has warned. Stepchange said that these ...

About That 'Fuck the Poor?' Thing

Adrian Grist | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Adrian Grist

This 'social experiment' leads us to the conclusion we're all total bastards. And I must be a bastard too, because when I see a man with a sandwich board rattling his unsanctioned charity tin without any clue as to which charity (if any) he is working for, I too would ignore him.

Heads of IMF and World Bank Must Support a Global Goal to End Extreme Inequality

Max Lawson | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK
Max Lawson

Just how serious are the World Bank and IMF about tackling the scourge of extreme inequality? The question is an important one. Through their financial power and their thought leadership, these two institutions still have major influence over the policies of governments across the world.