Child poverty

David Leese: We need to loosen the grip of poverty on the nation’s health

David Leese: We need to loosen the grip of poverty on the nation’s health

“We all want to be part of a compassionate society, which cannot happen while poverty is an injustice that continues to burn”

The Problem With Good Will

The Problem With Good Will

In our Christmas appeal this year we mentioned Helen*, who we met at our food bank project in Tower Hamlets. Our advice helped Helen and her family get the financial support they needed. But we shouldn’t have met Helen in those circumstances. She shouldn’t have had to go to the food bank in the first place.

British children facing Christmas homeless crisis

British children facing Christmas homeless crisis

At least 130,000 youngsters will be living in temporary accommodation this festive season, a rise of 59% in five years.

One in 103 children in the UK will be homeless at Christmas, the charity Shelter has claimed, revealing the scale of the housing crisis in Britain.

David Schwimmer: ‘Why my BBC Christmas drama about poverty should replace Doctor Who’

David Schwimmer: ‘Why my BBC Christmas drama about poverty should replace Doctor Who’

Friends star Schwimmer has produced a searing BBC drama about families living in temporary accommodation at Christmas

The last time we saw David Schwimmer, the Friends star posted an endearingly goofy video on Twitter, riffing on his uncanny resemblance to a robbery suspect caught on camera in Blackpool. Today we encounter the Hollywood actor in a very different mode, furrowed of brow and musing on Ken Loach and the British social realist film tradition in the bowels of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. It’s the kind of pivot which Schwimmer, loved by millions of viewers as nerdy palaeontologist Ross Geller in the 90s-defining sitcom Friends, has negotiated throughout a career which allows him to shift between passion projects and mainstream comedic roles.

Poverty causing 'misery' in UK, and ministers are in denial, says UN official

Poverty causing 'misery' in UK, and ministers are in denial, says UN official

Ministers are in a "state of denial" about poverty, a UN expert has said following a 12-day tour of the UK.

Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty, said despite being in the one of the world's richest countries he had encountered "misery".

Levels of child poverty are "staggering" and 1.5 million people were destitute at some point in 2017, the Australian said.