social exclusion

'They allowed the perfect storm': UN expert damns New Zealand's housing crisis

'They allowed the perfect storm': UN expert damns New Zealand's housing crisis

Special rapporteur says successive governments have contributed to what she called a ‘human rights crisis’When Leilani Farha touches down in a new city, the first thing the UN special rapporteur on
The best way to ‘level up’ would be an above-inflation rise in benefits | Letters

The best way to ‘level up’ would be an above-inflation rise in benefits | Letters

If Boris Johnson really wants to tackle inequality, he’d increase benefits above inflation, argues Ruth Lister. Plus letters from Celia Thomas and Professor Emeritus Nick SpencerImogen West-Knights is
Spain abandoning the poor despite economic recovery, says UN envoy

Spain abandoning the poor despite economic recovery, says UN envoy

Special rapporteur says urgent action is needed to tackle ‘appallingly high’ poverty rates Spain is abandoning people in poverty and failing to take social rights seriously despite its post-recession
'Beast from the east' cold snap led to spike in Britain's emissions

'Beast from the east' cold snap led to spike in Britain's emissions

UK’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 equivalent to total output of Niger, data showsHeating Britain’s draughty homes during the “beast from the east” caused greenhouse gas emissions to rise by 2.5m
Rates of insolvency among women over 65 rapidly increasing

Rates of insolvency among women over 65 rapidly increasing

Across all age groups insolvency rate of women overtaken menThe number of insolvencies among women aged 65 and over increased from 1,109 in 2008 to 2,082 in 2018 – an increase of 88% – according to
Debt repayment orders hit record 1.15m in 2019

Debt repayment orders hit record 1.15m in 2019

Exclusive: data on county court judgments reveal households under ‘severe financial strain’ A record number of county court judgments were issued last year against individuals who fell into debt,
UN poverty expert to visit Spain on fact-finding mission

UN poverty expert to visit Spain on fact-finding mission

Philip Alston’s 12-day tour will look at issues such as housing, education and healthcareThe UN’s extreme poverty expert is embarking on a 12-day visit to Spain to see what the government of Europe’s
Universal credit 'sending people into arms of loan sharks'

Universal credit 'sending people into arms of loan sharks'

Debt charity says Tories’ flagship welfare project forcing claimants into destitutionUniversal credit fuels debt problems for low-income claimants, forcing many into destitution and driving others to
Samuel Beckett and the human condition | Letter

Samuel Beckett and the human condition | Letter

The Irish writer’s humour buoyed people up in their struggles to make ends meet and hope for a better world, writes Dr Gill GregoryYou report (17 January) that, in awarding Samuel Beckett the Nobel
Climate, inequality, hunger: which global problems would you fix first? – interactive quiz

Climate, inequality, hunger: which global problems would you fix first? – interactive quiz

Interactive quiz: With only 10 years left to achieve the UN’s sustainability goals, find out how your priorities compare Continue reading...
Renting conditions making millions sick or suffer stress or anxiety

Renting conditions making millions sick or suffer stress or anxiety

Survey reveals sky-high prices and poor living conditions causing stress and anxietyPrivate renting is making millions of people ill with almost half of England’s 8.5 million renters experiencing
Food for thought: the school lunch scheme linking London and Liberia

Food for thought: the school lunch scheme linking London and Liberia

By providing free school meals to some of the poorest children on Earth, a UK charity is also ensuring they get an education It’s breakfast time in Domagbamatma (population: 63) in the depths of the
Raising the bar: Hashi Mohamed’s journey from child refugee to top lawyer

Raising the bar: Hashi Mohamed’s journey from child refugee to top lawyer

He defied a life of poverty and hardship to reach Oxford and become a barrister. Now Hashi Mohamed has written a book which aims to rethink the stalled project of social mobility • Read an extract
‘I’ve been homeless. But now my daughter and I have a brighter future’ | Alison Benjamin

‘I’ve been homeless. But now my daughter and I have a brighter future’ | Alison Benjamin

It’s not an obvious solution to homelessness – but crowdfunded job training is helping many move from hostel to homeFor Christianah, 2020 offers the potential of a better life for her and her
Severe childhood deprivation reduces brain size, study finds

Severe childhood deprivation reduces brain size, study finds

Brain scans of Romanian orphans adopted in UK show early neglect left its markChildren who experience severe deprivation early in life have smaller brains in adulthood, researchers have found.The
Convenience stores urge Link to scrap further ATM fee cuts

Convenience stores urge Link to scrap further ATM fee cuts

Association of Convenience Stores says cuts feed ‘torrent’ of free-to-use ATM closuresConvenience stores are urging the operator of the UK’s largest cash machine network to scrap further cuts planned
EU accused of seeking to cut funds for poor in post-Brexit cost savings

EU accused of seeking to cut funds for poor in post-Brexit cost savings

Plan to drop dedicated fund while defence spending rises dismissed as false economyThe European commission has been accused of seeking to cut EU funding for the continent’s poorest people by 50% to
Barriers, barbed wire and borders in the head: Josef Koudelka's Holy Land

Barriers, barbed wire and borders in the head: Josef Koudelka's Holy Land

The Magnum photographer grew up behind the iron curtain. As a documentary charts his journey where Israel and Palestine meet, Koudelka talks about challenging official narratives – and himself There’s
My working week: 'I see the appalling houses my clients live in and feel sick'

My working week: 'I see the appalling houses my clients live in and feel sick'

I work to support tenants who are being exploited by criminal landlords and are sometimes living in dangerous conditionsI work for a charity that supports tenants who are victimised by criminal
Don’t despair: a practical guide to making a difference – from food banks to fighting fake news

Don’t despair: a practical guide to making a difference – from food banks to fighting fake news

If the election result has left you concerned about services already stretched due to cuts or where politics goes from here, how can you get involved?It’s natural to feel hopeless today. A decade of