In the past week, 2 reports have been published, shining a light on Poverty in the UK.

The UN’s  expert reporter on extreme Poverty, Philip Alston, came to the UK in November 2018, & his report has just been published.

The report says:

“ideological” pursuit of austerity has replaced the Britain’s social safety net with a “harsh and uncaring ethos”

It says the government has “remained determinedly in a state of denial” about the impact of policies, including the rollout of universal credit, since 2010.

“The results of the austerity experiment are crystal clear,”

“There are 14 million people living in poverty, record levels of hunger and homelessness, falling life expectancy for some groups, ever fewer community services, and greatly reduced policing, while access to the courts for lower-income groups has been dramatically rolled back by cuts to legal aid.

“The bottom line is that much of the glue that has held British society together since the Second World War has been deliberately removed and replaced with a harsh and uncaring ethos,”

More information on the report is here:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/22/un-report-compares-tory-welfare-reforms-to-creation-of-workhouses

https://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2019/05/uks-austerity-policy-has-driven-people-poverty?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_term=

In the same week, Human Rights Watch published their report on food poverty in the UK

Government cuts to welfare over the past decade have resulted in tens of thousands of poor families left without enough food to eat, a clear breach of the government’s duty to ensure adequate food:

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