Child poverty in the UK: A few facts

Want to be scared this Halloween? Read this. Five million more UK children pushed into absolute poverty since 2010 seems like a horror story to me.

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Published by the Child Poverty Action Group

*There were 3.7 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2013-14. That’s 28 per cent of children, or nine in a classroom of 30.
* London is the area with the highest rates of child poverty in the country. You can see child poverty rates by local area by visiting
*Child poverty reduced dramatically between 1998/9-2011/12 when 1.1 million children were lifted out of poverty. Since 2010, child poverty figures have flat-lined. The number of children in absolute poverty has increased by 5 million since 2010.
* As a direct result of tax and benefit decisions made since 2010, the Institute for Fiscal Studies project the number of children in relative poverty will have risen from 3.6m to 4.3 million by 2020.
*Work does not provide a guaranteed route out of poverty in the UK. Two-thirds (64 per cent) of…

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Women’s Equality Party #WeAreWe #WEPnesday selfie campaign

Equality. Yes please.

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The Women’s Equality Party question I keep getting asked …

Source: The Women’s Equality Party question I keep getting asked …

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WE Launch : Exciting times

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Share Your Lunch: How we will use Street Food to help feed those in Food Poverty

What a great idea. This Liverpool scheme is about sharing food and raising awareness about food poverty.

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This week we launch ‘Share your Lunch’ – an initiative unique to the UK and just one of the ways we plan to help individuals and families in Liverpool who are living in Food Poverty. Read on for how we plan to do this… it’s exciting!

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Thinking of applying for Britain’s Hardest Grafter? Read this first.

Insightful, incisive, impassioned – and just plain right.

Ask yourself – why are there so many “poverty shows” on TV ? Because they make us feel safe or smug or good – pity or revile the poor, it’s your choice. Be titillated by our primitive fear of the mob. Then turn off and forget about it. The politicians have – did you notice how ‘ending child poverty’ slid off the agenda in this election? Clearly a policy no longer on trend.
If you care at all about people living below the poverty line don’t watch this sort of nonsense.

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TwentyTwenty productions are looking for applicants for a new television show that has been described as ‘Benefits Street meets The Hunger Games’. Are you thinking of applying for the chance to win that staggering £15,000 sum? Here’s what you should know first – and I am probably doing myself out of ever getting another job in television by writing this article but you know what? Fuck it. Because I wish someone had told me.

1. Only one of you will win that £15,000. It’s also classed as ‘earnings’, so you will have to pay tax on it, and National Insurance contributions.

2. The rest of you will be ‘recompensed’ ‘not less than the National Minimum Wage’ for your time on the show. Bear in mind that the people you will be surrounded by, the presenters and camera crew and the ubiquitous ‘celeb’ they’ll roll out here and there, will be…

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Nurturing the Emotional and Spiritual Base of our Communities.

Musings on bluebells and money. Love the earth and respect each other seems a sound message to me.

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Bluebell, Common (or English) Bluebell,  Hyacinthoides non-scripta.

Another day, another grim story.  One of the biggest waste disposal firms in the U.K is fitting cameras to its trucks because so many rough sleepers are sheltering in refuse bins.  They found 93 people sleeping amongst the rubbish last year.  Since their machinery couldn’t differentiate between cardboard, wood, and human flesh, this is an extremely dangerous place to seek refuge.

Who knows how many people have taken their own lives because of an ever more mean and abusive disability and unemployment benefits system?  Thousands end up in police cells because there are no crisis services where they live.  Women’s aid refuges are being closed (see here).   Over a million people are reliant on food banks. Some 50,000 social housing tennants were evicted and moved out of their London Borough over the past three years because of welfare cuts and the bedroom…

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