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Trapped by hunger: 8 first-hand stories

Food and fuel poverty are a shame on our government. It’s time we ended hunger in the UK.

Voices from the Margins

What’s the key that will unlock food poverty? We asked eight people with personal insights

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Everything Must Go

George Monibot shows why poverty will never be eradicated under our current economic system


Economic growth will destroy everything. There’s no way of greening it – we need a new system. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 22nd November 2017   Everyone wants …

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Government refuse to publish Brexit impact assessment. We need to ask why

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Kitty S Jones brings together recent news reports to describe a society in which the poor will continue to get poorer, social and community services will continue to decline while the environment for the rich is improved.

Malnutrition, austerity and eugenics.

Heart rending news on the rise of malnutrition in modern Britain is put into context by blogger Kitty Jones.

Politics and Insights

MinnesEarlier this year, I reported that figures released by The Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed 391 people died from malnutrition in 2015. There were 746 hospital admissions for malnutrition in just 12 months. The statistics also showed two people in the UK are admitted to hospital with the condition every day in what campaigners have called a “national scandal.” 

Official figures more recently from the Department of Health reveal that people with malnutrition accounted for 184,528 of days in hospital beds taken up in England taken up last year, a huge rise on 65,048 in 2006-07. The sharp increase is adding to the pressures on hospitals, which are already struggling with record levels of overcrowding and limited resources because of underfunding.


Critics and campaigners have said the upward trend is a result of austerity and rising absolute poverty, deep cutbacks in recent years to meals on wheels services for the elderly and inadequate…

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Man with diabetes had to have his leg amputated because of benefit sanctions

Politics and Insights

David Boyce had to have his leg amputated when his diabetes spiralled out of control because he couldn’t afford to eat after having his benefits sanctioned                                                      David Boyce 

Photo courtesy of the Manchester Evening News.

David Boyce has diabetes. He was sanctioned for five months by the Department for Work and Pensions, which meant he had no money whatsoever to meet his basic needs. As a result, he had to sell his belongings, but couldn’t afford to eat properly and subsequently had to have his leg amputated, as his medical condition spiralled out of control. A healthy diet is essential as part of the management and treatment for diabetes.

David was a photographer who used to own a business, but was forced to give up his work because of ill-health. A dispute with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) about his jobseeker’s agreement and was he sanctioned numerous times.

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