Poverty UK

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”

Christian responses to poverty: community not charity

Christian responses to poverty: community not charity

At the start of November 2018, Church Action on Poverty and our partners at ‘Life on the Breadline’ held a National Poverty Consultation in Manchester, drawing together many people in the churches who are involved in tackling poverty and injustice. At an opening panel on ‘Church of the Poor’, campaigner Stef Benstead shared these thoughts on Christian responses to poverty.

Report claims millions of children suffering from 'rising tide' of UK poverty

Report claims millions of children suffering from 'rising tide' of UK poverty

New figures follow a UN report that accused the government of "callous" policies that hit the poorest hardest.

The number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen by more than half a million in the last five years, according to new figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.



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.