Breadline Britain: Who's to Blame?

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.

Breadline Britain: A New Look At Poverty

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.

The UK's youth homelessness problem

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.

Manchester's Banned Housing Protest

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.

Housing First

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.

Serving in Faith

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.