UK Poverty

Tampons or Food?

Jodie Louise Connor | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jodie Louise Connor

TOTM is a campaign we have set up which intends to raise donations of sanitary products, baby wipes and clean underwear for women facing homelessness in and around Manchester City Centre. Lack of access to sanitary products might only be a small part of the daily challenges that homeless women face but I don't think we can underestimate the value of allowing women to maintain their comfort and dignity.

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.

Why Coach Class Isn't Enough for Africa

Reverend Simon Barnes | Posted 29.01.2016 | UK
Reverend Simon Barnes

From my experience, these billionaires will be well informed individuals who donate substantial sums to charity every year. I have nothing but admiration for what many of them have achieved, but goodness I would like to get them on a coach and take them on a magical mystery tour, sharing some of the sights I have witnessed in Africa.

Changes to Employment Support Allowance Will Only Push People Further Into Poverty - And Further Away From Work

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

There are strong feelings around the proposed changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for those who are in the Work Related Activity Group (those people found unable to work but able to take part in some activities that could move them closer to work). We strongly believe that rather than halving the employment gap it will push people further in to poverty and as such, further away from work. In fact a report recently published by Low Lord, Baroness Meacher and myself called 'Halving the Gap' found no evidence to suggest that reducing someone's ESA will provide the incentive that the Government believes it will.

Remembering 'The Forgotten Crisis'

Yasmin Khatun Dewan | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK
Yasmin Khatun Dewan

The international response to what took place and what continues to take place is both a travesty and injustice. Hundreds of thousands of Innocent men, women and children fled to neighbouring countries such as Chad and Cameroon but more than 600,000 people remain displaced inside the country with many trapped inside enclaves they cannot escape.

What Would You Do If Your Wealth Were $28Billion?

Adnan Al-Daini | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Adnan Al-Daini

What sort of system have we created that relentlessly siphons wealth from the poor to the richest 1%, and in the process deprives humanity of the resources that could bring happiness, contentment and joy to billions of people? When, oh when, will world leaders take concrete steps to remedy this injustice and unfairness?

Equality on the agenda at Davos But What Does This Mean for Women in Kenya?

Pauline Ngari | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK
Pauline Ngari

As Christine Lagarde, mother, head of the IMF and star of the global stage arrives at Davos this week, Hannah Haciku mother, entrepreneur and village authority will be working hard to feed and clothe her three children in Kenya. Two women, two very different lives. Christine may face a glass ceiling, the one Hannah faces is more like a steel one.

A Coach-Load Of People Now Have More Money Than Half The Planet

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

Growing inequality means a coach-load of people now own as much wealth as half the planet's population put together, a report from Oxfam says. New ...

Running on Empty: Why Food Poverty Can No Longer Be Tolerated

Jackie Brock | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK
Jackie Brock

In a developed nation, such as the UK, food poverty in this day and age is totally unacceptable. Not only does it weaken wellbeing, damage educational achievement and squander potential, but it is unjustifiable in a modern society and a country with plenty.

Britons Cannot Safely Afford Loans

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
Mohadesa Najumi

The government would rather that we are in the dark about what "Affordable loans" really mean for honest, hard-working Britons.

Foodbank Britain at Christmas

Richard Burden | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

In the last month my team and I have referred about the same number of people to the foodbank for assistance as we did in the ten months before that... The sheer scale of the operation these days is both astonishing and impressive. The fact that it has to be so big, though, underlines that something is fundamentally wrong with the way Britain operates at the moment.

Cameron Wants Us to Remember Jesus' Birth - But Not His Life

Symon Hill | Posted 24.12.2015 | UK Politics
Symon Hill

David Cameron has just released his Christmas message, calling on us to mark the birth of Jesus and to remember those who are hungry or lonely at Christmas. I find Cameron's message hard to stomach. David Cameron speaks of the meaning of Jesus even as his government wages class war on the poor and pursues endless war in the Middle East.

The New Christmas Tradition That No-One Expected in 2015

David Walker | Posted 23.12.2015 | UK
David Walker

We can all be truly thankful that demand for foodbank parcels has, over the last year or so, begun to settle, though only after climbing to a figure of around a million three day parcels a year. It's an extraordinary high level compared with only a few years ago, and one that I would never have imagined we would reach. What seems bizarre though is that some commentators are suggesting this plateau in demand means that the problem of food poverty has gone away. It hasn't. It's too many, and there's no guarantee that it won't rise again soon.

Why the 'Class Gap' Is Holding Back State School Students

Baroness Tyler | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Tyler

Our improving school system still has a huge problem. There is a 'class gap' that sees state school students under-represented at the top of higher education and in the workplace. Half of the current Cabinet come from private schools. This is unrepresentative, unequal and unfair.

Hunger in the UK - Do You Really Believe It's True?

Sarah Chapman | Posted 10.12.2015 | UK
Sarah Chapman

Today's Feeding Britain 2015-16 report by a cross-party group of MPs, led by the impressive Frank Field, highlights the 'tragedy' that there are still people across our country going hungry.

Why Would a Mum Doing a Business Degree Find Herself Begging on the Streets This Winter?

Michele Lawrence | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Michele Lawrence

"For the past few days I haven't been to the street begging for money to buy food for me and my baby..." This was what a mother at Brent Foodbank told us recently. She was on the streets begging with her two year old baby when she was referred to our foodbank for help.

The Queue at the Kiosk

Kylie Barton | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

We live in an age where spending £20 on various scratch cards and lottery tickets which have a minimal chance of a decent (if any) return is this section of society's best chance of bettering itself. Boy, isn't that sad.

We Need to Completely Rethink the Way We Give to Charity

Philip Ellis | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK
Philip Ellis

Already in Britain, eight out of 10 people have participated in some kind of charitable giving this year, and it is estimated that the UK will have donated more than £10.6billion to charity by the end of 2015. But how many of us know with any real certainty where our money is going, or how many people will actually see the benefit?

To Beat Radicalization, Cameron Must Rebuild Syria, Not Bomb it

Luke McManus | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Cameron's new campaign contains no concrete plans for curtailing the above, no plans for injecting life into the economies of these communities once IS has been eradicated and no plans for bringing an end to a civil war which has displaced 9.5 million people. Thus, as seen in Ma'an, a cycle of fight or flight will continue in the absence of any genuine offering of enduring stability for the Syrian people.

When You Run a Foodbank, Our Food Poverty Crisis Becomes All More Real

Laura Hagues | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Laura Hagues

I like to be optimistic and would like to think that we won't have York Foodbank in another three years, simply because there will no longer be a need for it. For that to happen we must listen to the experiences of the people that we see. We must support people and help them out of crisis, but we must also identify what is driving people into Foodbanks, then advocate for change.

Finding Common Ground: How Big Banks and Small Charities Can Work Together

Lareena Hilton | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Lareena Hilton

You may think a leading bank with an extensive global presence and a shelter for homeless and vulnerable people in South London make an unlikely partn...

David Cameron - I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours

Jess Phillips | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

I want to do a surgery swap with David Cameron. This week good old DC showed the world just how little he knows about how his government is affecting his own area in Oxfordshire. If he had had the day I have had, he might rewrite the foolishly blinkered letter to his council leader.

The One Degree No Student Wants

Piers Telemacque | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Piers Telemacque

Now we've hit 1C warming, it's never been more urgent to reform our education system. When we talk about a degree, we usually mean something which takes you further in life, opens up opportunities, and contributes to the public good. This degree couldn't be more different, and the fees will be measured in lives rather than pounds.

Moving Beyond Pay

Stephen Howard | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen Howard

With the Chancellor introducing a new National Living Wage from April 2016 and the revised voluntary Living Wage rates published this week, low pay is firmly placed on the boardroom and political agenda.

Leaning in to Life and Love

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Walking along the Tube platform I noticed an elderly couple. The woman was on the train, and, through the open doors, she was holding the hands of a man. They were gazing at each other. The emotion in both their faces was palpable. Something was being said between them, unspoken.