Why London needs an Inequality Commissioner

OPINION: The divide between the richest and the poorest in the UK is growing, and the gap is seen most starkly in London. That’s why Oxfam is calling for an Inequality Commissioner to work with the Mayor of London on tackling poverty and inequality in the Capital, as Vicky Taylor explains.  In London the wealth of the richest 10 percent …

Social security cuts risk widening UK regional inequalities

OPINION:  Graham Whitham, Senior Policy Advisor on UK Poverty, warns that the latest government budget decisions will have a negative impact on already high levels of poverty and inequality in the UK.  Sheffield Hallam University recently published research showing how cuts to social security spending announced since the 2015 General Election fall geographically across Great Britain. The research, co-funded by …

Social change for and by young women

What’s the most effective way of supporting young women to create the change they want to see in the world? FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, The Global Fund for Women, Oxfam and the Young Foundation are collaborating to respond to this question. Aly Marczynski explains how. The Roots Lab, a new social innovation lab, will test the most effective …

Oxfam Cymru’s Blueprint for Change

The Welsh Assembly election in May 2016 offers a significant opportunity for every political party to transparently commit themselves to create a more equal Wales, within a more equal world. Carys Mair Thomas, Head of Oxfam Cymru, highlights some of the key issues and policies contained within the report Even It Up: A Blueprint for Change, published today. Oxfam’s vision is …

Public perceptions of UK foodbanks

Last year, more than a million people in the UK had to rely on foodbanks to help feed themselves and their families. Between August and September Oxfam commissioned Research Now to survey 1,890 people across Great Britain to find out the British public’s view of food insecurity and foodbanks. Bethany Farr, Team Coordinator for our UK Policy, Programmes and Campaigns …

Measuring poverty in the UK and why it matters

Graham Whitham, Oxfam’s Senior Policy Advisor on UK Poverty and Inequality explains why poverty in developed nations cannot be separated from a relative lack of material resources. Income and material deprivation based targets could be removed from measures of child poverty under the welfare reform bill currently progressing through parliament. To do so could limit the ability to assess policies …

Success is not just measured by GDP

Good jobs, wellbeing, health, the environment and fairness could be the best indicators of national success, according to the New Economics Foundation (NEF). Bethany Farr, Team Coordinator for our UK Policy, Programmes and Campaigns Team, reflects on these findings as the report is officially launched today. It sounds really simple. But then, the best ideas often are. In their new …

Will welfare reform mean increased poverty?

As UK MPs consider proposed changes to the welfare system this week Seb Klier, UK poverty Parliamentary and Advocacy Advisor, explains why they should be concerned about provision of ‘decent work’, the safety net and child poverty. As UK MPs return to parliament after the party conference season, they may need reminding that fundamental welfare reforms, with profound implications for …

Why the UK needs a lifebelt to keep us all afloat

With the release of the UK Doughnut paper today, Philomena Cullen reflects on what the report reveals about life in the UK, and concludes that we are in danger of falling into a state of irreversible decline unless we urgently address where we are failing on social and environmental justice.   It’s tough out there in the choppy waters of the …

The Scottish Doughnut: A safe and just space for Scotland

How can Scotland ensure the needs of all its citizens are met while living within environmental and planetary boundaries? The Scottish Doughnut report released today depicts where Scotland is falling short on social and environmental justice, and shows where it needs to get to. Here Francis Stuart, policy and research adviser, highlights some of the key findings. When we think of doughnuts we …