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