Breadline Britain: "That's my dream"

Given the conditions and effects of poverty and inequality described by the study, what proposals do the authors of Breadline Britain make? What steps can be taken to make our society fairer and more financially secure for ordinary people?

Alex Charlton
Breadline Britain: Who's to Blame?

How we tackle the problem of poverty depends on what we think causes poverty. Why do some people succeed while others don’t? From the perspective of public policy, poverty can either be seen as a result of one’s social circumstances, or their individual responsibility. Successive UK governments have put the emphasis on one of these two views to differing degrees over time.

Alex Charlton
Breadline Britain: A New Look At Poverty

How do you define poverty? Is it having nothing, or not enough to live on, or not enough to live well? It’s unclear from the start. Some might say they know poverty when they see it, but like homelessness poverty can be hidden from view. An uncomfortable secret that many don’t really want to acknowledge, people can structure their lives so it looks like they’re getting by, when actually they’re living hand to mouth without any security for the future.

Alex Charlton
Give and Take: Criticism of Charities

Charities have come under fire recently as a result of questionable fundraising practices. But at a time where ever more people are dependent on the services charities provide, charities are more necessary than ever and they need to get their message across.

 

Alex Charlton
The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Following Civil War in Syria, millions of Syrian nationals have fled the armed conflict. 8 million are displaced within Syria, forced to move and find new homes. 4 million have fled to neighbouring countries including Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Around 350,000 Syrians have made the journey into Europe, to places such as Greece and Italy.

Alex Charlton
The UK's youth homelessness problem

We need to find better ways to help young people who are facing poverty and homelessness. It’s too easy to lump together people from different backgrounds and age groups who are experiencing homelessness, even though their situation is affected by different problems and factors. But rather than address the underlying factors of youth homelessness, they’re only being exacerbated by welfare cuts and a lack of understanding.

Alex Charlton
Manchester's Banned Housing Protest

A homeless camp in Manchester has been shut down by the council after protesting for adequate housing. The group of approximately 30 rough sleepers and campaigners occupied three areas of the city centre in succession: first Albert Square, then St Peter’s Square and finally St Anne’s Square. Each time the town hall went to court to have the protesters evicted. The final time, the town hall secured an injunction preventing anyone from pitching a tent without permission in the entire city centre.

Alex Charlton
Charity, Consumerism and Stuffocation

Is clutter overrunning your house? Do you use retail therapy to feel happy? Do you think “Not more stuff!” when you receive a present? If the answer to any of these is yes, you might be suffering from ‘stuffocation’. It’s a term coined by cultural forecaster James Wallman as well as the title of his book on the subject.

Alex Charlton
Housing First

What’s the simplest solution to homelessness? Giving people homes. But surely it couldn’t be that simple! In order to give people who are homeless homes we would, after all, have to pay for them. We would also need to give people who are homeless a strong network of support to help them achieve self sufficiency and find or maintain employment.

Alex Charlton
Where are they sleeping tonight?

Recently, BBC Three broadcast a documentary about young people who are homeless, called ‘Where Am I Sleeping Tonight’. The director, Martin Reed, lived on the streets himself when he was 16.

Alex Charlton
Election 2015

With the UK General Election coming in May, the campaigns of the various party leaders are bringing the issues our society faces to light. But how much coverage are the issues surrounding homelessness, poverty and housing getting?

Alex Charlton
Undercover boss

Recently, our CEO, Matthew Heasman, spent the night in our Transition Service, which provides emergency accommodation and support for people facing homelessness for the first time.

Alex Charlton
Serving in Faith

At New Hope, religious values are the foundation of our work. We do our best to help those who are homeless, hungry, misunderstood or vulnerable because we regard all people as made in God’s image, as our brothers and sisters. Because God knows and cares for us intimately, whatever we do to other people, we do to Him. When we provide people with clothing, food or a place to stay when they need it, we give God a place in our hearts.

Alex Charlton