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Poverty


Theresa May’s lukewarm plan for energy prices won’t pay the heating bill

13 October 2017
Some 2.3 million people are facing another winter where they don’t have enough money to heat their homes.

Action is urgently needed over pay as Tory ‘living wage’ is found too low to live on

21 August 2017
The Tories’ sham “living wage” is not even enough to allow families to support their children, according to a shock new report by the Child Poverty Action Group.

Sierre Leone mudslide death toll is no ‘natural’ disaster

15 August 2017
Landslides and flooding killed hundreds of people in the West African state of Sierra Leone on Monday.

Broken explores one priest’s conflict in a heartless world

31 May 2017
Jimmy McGovern’s new TV series promises to expose some of the monstrous practices that prey upon poverty rather than alleviate it, writes Sarah Cox

Student nurse slams Theresa May’s ‘disgraceful’ food bank comments

02 May 2017
Prime minister Theresa May is running away from questions and callously indifferent to the malign effects of her policies.

Richest 0.01 percent dodge more tax as children fall into ‘stark’ poverty

31 January 2017
Britain’s super rich have dodged £1 billion more in tax since the Tories set up a new HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) unit in 2009 to make them pay more tax.

The infamous eight

17 January 2017
Eight men have been revealed to be worth as much as the poorest 50% of the world.

Millions trapped in poverty as class still divides Britain

22 November 2016
Right wing MPs fear falling social mobility could undermine support for the free market system, writes Sadie Robinson

Stop the war on the poor

08 November 2016
Nearly half of all children in some areas of Britain are living in poverty. New figures this week released by the End Child Poverty coalition (ECPC) highlighted the savage impact of the Tories’ war on the poor.

Tories backtrack on deficit but are still out to line the bosses’ pockets

04 October 2016
Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed a “reset” of Tory economic policy in his speech on Monday, ditching any timetable for eliminating Britain’s deficit.

LETTERS: Cuts at councils are putting vulnerable children at risk

05 July 2016
The link between poverty and vulnerability is well known. There is a risk of children suffering harm ranging from emotional abuse to physical or sexual abuse.

Class has to be at the centre of the poverty debate in Scotland

05 April 2016
Gerry Mooney, editor of Poverty in Scotland 2016, talked to Raymie Kiernan about why poverty isn’t the fault of individuals but is the result of a class system

Workers or Shirkers? A BBC show about the poor that’s undeserving of praise

05 April 2016
Ian Hislop uses his new programme about people’s attitudes towards benefits to placate his ‘One Nation Tory’ conscience, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Osborne's budget means cuts for the poor and handouts for the rich

18 March 2016
Cuts to taxes on corporate profits are being paid for by taking money from ordinary people

Unfair and unworkable, Iain Duncan Smith's 'flagship' is full of holes

03 February 2016
Universal Credit will make working families poorer and is mired in worse delays than ever, two new reports reveal.

It's official - benefit cuts to blame for man’s suicide

22 September 2015
The decision to stop severely ill Michael O’Sullivan’s benefits led directly to his death, a coroner has ruled.

Were claimants killed by benefit changes? DWP won't tell

21 July 2015
How did 49 people die after cuts or changes to their disability benefits? 

Manchester city square campers call for homes for homeless

12 May 2015
Around 200 people rallied in central Manchester last Saturday in solidarity with homeless people and supporters camped out in the town square.

News in brief

05 May 2015
Short news stories from the past week including deaths due to cuts to be investigated, Britain 24th in State of the World's Mothers report, and two deaths in custody.

Desperation in Detroit: ‘There’s so much tension, something’s going to explode’

23 September 2014
People in Detroit face a desperate situation as creditors circle—but their fury has also pushed some to resist, reports Judith Orr

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