UK Poverty

Theresa May Accused Of Failing 'Just About Managing' Families In First Year As PM

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 10.07.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May has been accused of failing working families after figures revealed millions are no better off than they were 15 years ago. Thursday marks...

How A Food Waste App Accidentally Became A Lifeline For Those Struggling To Feed Their Families

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK

An app designed to tackle food waste has proven to be an accidental lifeline for people who are struggling to afford to feed themselves. Since seven m...

Hope, Identity, And Character: Three Forgotten Truths About Ending Poverty

Richard Gower | Posted 05.07.2017 | UK
Richard Gower

Imagine a community in the Global South, perhaps a group of informal workers in an urban slum, or a group of subsistence farmers on marginal land. ...

This Government Is Systematically Failing The Youngest And Most Vulnerable Members Of Our Society

Emma Lewell-Buck | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Politics
Emma Lewell-Buck

What this report shows is the detrimental effects of woeful policy beginning to take its toll on vulnerable children. The reality of cuts to early intervention, closure of Sure Start centres and diminishing local service budgets are clear. The Government have no cohesive approach or agenda to tackle their shameful record, preferring to bury their head in the sand whilst the most vulnerable suffer.

The Burning Injustice For Disabled People Living In Poverty

James Taylor | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
James Taylor

everybody banner Too many disabled people are living hand to mouth and in some cases, not able to feed themselves or their families at all. Half of households referred to foodbanks include a disabled person, which stresses the scale of this finical crisis.

The Devastating Effect Of Coalition Austerity Has Been Revealed

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK

Numbers of poverty-stricken Brits soared by 700,000 in a year, as it’s revealed close to a third of the population risked serious hardship under the...

Why The Muslim Charity Sector Should Increase Its Domestic Focus

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Britain is one of the richest and largest economies and is rightly known as the most charitable developed nation on earth. Sadly, despite this richnes...

What Do Adoption, Suicidality And HIV Have In Common? The Answer Lies In Childhood Trauma

Alison Barnes | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Alison Barnes

Seven-year-old Ralph finds school challenging. While his classmates work intently on the maths task at hand, he fidgets, screams, pokes the child next...

Let's Get On With The Job

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 16.06.2017 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

As the dust settles after the General Election, it is crucial that Government does "get on with the job" - and that must mean not only dealing with Brexit but also not ignoring pressing social issues at home. We can't afford to put on hold the reforms so desperately needed to transform women's lives.

Racism And Classism Killed The Residents Of Grenfell Tower

Skylar Baker-Jordan | Posted 15.06.2017 | UK
Skylar Baker-Jordan

We are talking about some of the most marginalised and oppressed people in our society dying in a hellish inferno, so the very nature of the discourse around what happened at Grenfell Tower is innately political whether we want it to be or not. The fact is, Grenfell Tower - from the residents' years of documented complaints about safety to the fact is lies in the richest borough in London - is a stark reminder of whose voices get listened to in modern Britain, whose don't, and that this dichotomy can have deadly consequences.

How Women Are Stamping Out Poverty In Bangladesh

Mark Hammersley | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Mark Hammersley

"My daughter is going to finish school," one young woman told me, defiantly. "She's going to get the opportunities I didn't have."

Developing An Intersectional Approach To Urban Health

Laura Elliott | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Laura Elliott

'Your background decides your health, housing, how long you live, and your opportunities. The upper class can plan for three weeks, while the working class can't plan for three days'.

Suicide Study: Another Reasons To Ban Precarious Employment?

Anne Payne | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK
Anne Payne

Suicide is now the leading cause of death in adults under 50 in England, and the main cause of death among young people aged 20-34 across the UK and I...

Is It Really True That People At Foodbanks Drink, Smoke And Have Sky TV?

David McAuley | Posted 05.05.2017 | UK
David McAuley

If this gentleman had been to a foodbank, he would know that going to a foodbank is a last resort when all other coping strategies have been exhausted. It takes courage to admit you cannot feed your family. People wait on the other side of the road for half an hour, or stand outside in the cold, before finally walking through the foodbank door.

Britain In 2022: Five Predictions Of A 'Strong And Stable' Future

Robin Bunce | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Politics
Robin Bunce

May is, no doubt, sincere in her desire to end poverty and extend opportunity, but her policies are no antidote to Britain's entrenched problems.

Three Million Kids Short Of Somewhere To Go, Something To Do And Something To Eat

Jane Ashworth | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK
Jane Ashworth

In most parts of the country the summer play schemes have gone. And, almost none of the remaining schemes provide lunch. A generation of the poorest children need somewhere to go, something to do, and something to eat. The GLA reckons that 500,000, yes, half a million kids, will have a summer holiday at risk of being without proper food.

UK Foodbank Figures Are Still Increasing, But This Year Something's New

David McAuley | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Politics
David McAuley

This is the first time The Trussell Trust has released a report which outlines observations from foodbanks about the impact of a policy-level change and what can be done to ease any adverse side effects, before it's fully rolled out across the UK. We're raising foodbanks' concerns now, before it's fully rolled out, so our insights can inform efforts to make sure the values on which Universal Credit is built are delivered in practice as it unfolds.

Immunisations: Saving Lives, Whatever It Takes

Nicholas Alusa | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK
Nicholas Alusa

Measles is a highly contagious, horrific disease. If left untreated it can lead to death. There's no specific treatment. All us medics can do is isolate the sufferer, give them vitamin A, and hope for the best.

Meet Amika: The Girl Fighting Period Poverty In Schools, Period!

Laura Coryton | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

Amika George is a 17-year-old campaigning superstar. She has joined forces with the tampon tax campaigners to eradicate period poverty in schools acro...

Inequality Gets Under The Skin

Professor Kate Pickett | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Professor Kate Pickett

The effects of poverty and inequality are difficult to separate and are often confused. A research project interviewed poor people in Uganda, India, C...

A Year On From The Panama Papers - When Will We See Real Transparency On Tax?

Simon Kirkland | Posted 02.04.2017 | UK Politics
Simon Kirkland

A year on from the scandal of the Panama Papers and in the new reality of Brexit, the UK is thinking about its 'Global Britain' role in the world. The UK must continue to lead on transparency and anti-corruption issues. The first step in this should be committing that all of our Overseas Territories will have the same level of transparency as the UK, and within the lifetime of this Parliament.

Brexit: An Apology

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

On behalf of my country I want to say sorry to the world, and particularly to all our friends and allies in Europe. It seems we've decided to break our long-standing ties and our commitments and instead do things our own way. By this decision we have made the world a little colder, a little more dangerous and quite a bit more stupid.

The Sequence Looks Good, We're Just Over Budget On The Amperage

Toby Peters | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Toby Peters

If the scriptwriters of the film Apollo 13 got a dollar every time somebody quoted their dialogue, they could probably fund the next space mission the...

For Carol's Sake, For Christ's Sake, We Must Look After The Poor

Bishop Paul Bayes | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Bishop Paul Bayes

Liverpool is a proud city with some of the finest civic buildings in England. A couple of weeks ago I was in the opulent setting of one of these, and I was angry. Standing in the finery of St Georges Hall I was reminded of the once-great wealth of this trading port. And, as I shared a platform with its current Mayor Joe Anderson, I was angry.

Thinking About Work

Ricky Ross | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Ricky Ross

In 1985, when I wrote the song Dignity, society was quite reasonably obsessed with unemployment. To me, at the time, the search for full employment he...