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30 May 2024
Diary

Erik W

A cold wet morning here in London this morning, after last nights CR meeting, I have been thinking about how things might change after the general election, but will it change for the better? Currently no major pledges about tackling poverty in this country has been made. I would like to hear some solid commitments during the run up to the election to help put mine and millions of other families minds at ease about what the future holds for us and our children.

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20 May 2024
Q&A

Howie N

📺 Poverty in the news: what do you think?

I think it is good that we are showing the poverty in the country in the news and not hiding it. But I feel more mass media attention is needed to the fact that the benefits system is not helping people out of poverty and Jobcentres advise to go to food banks for food if we are struggling is not efficient in reducing poverty for children and adults and people who are working are still struggling and in poverty and cannot afford the basics such as food. Which needs highlighting to the government by being advertised on every single channel allowing each family and person to tell their true stories of poverty in Britain and on different programmes such as loose women and Good Morning Britain. However, the suggestions to deal with this issue such as charities to deliver cheap unhealthy food which is not tasty making it difficult to eat, is the governments way of still creating poverty and not dealing with the route cause of the issue of the fact that benefits are not enough and people also who have jobs are struggling and still in poverty which puts me of looking for work because what is the point of working when you still struggle and poverty is still there at the end of a day’s work and you are relaying on food banks -, you cannot afford to buy your own house, I don’t want a 40 year mortgage because I know the future is not bright in terms of jobs and economic stability and if I am struggling to pay the mortgage at any time the government are not going to help me. The government are just in denial of the extent of poverty there truly is in this country that’s why they are not dealing with the issue. Because ultimately the government would have to fund more in terms of benefits. Also, the government would have to increase minimum wage which would result in more people losing their jobs because businesses cannot afford to pay the high minimum wages.

Gordon brown is only highlighting the issue with poverty hoping to get funding or money from the government and newspaper articles for himself not because he is really passionate about dealing with poverty because then he would also approach Kier Starmer about this and the fact the benefits system is not efficient enough and caps on benefits need abolishing because they do not reduce poverty and force people into work because jobs are too low wage. He knows if Kier gets into power he has a plan that is not fit for purpose for people in poverty just like we have now and is not his priority to deal with. Kier Starmer does not want to deal with poverty and issues of poverty because he is a real passionate tory leading a labour government.

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20 May 2024
Q&A

Evelyn D

📺 Poverty in the news: what do you think?

Okay, so this is the fifth time I've tried to answer this. Just to say that I was really heartened to read and to hear Gordon Brown talking about the issues surrounding poverty. I still think there's a lot of other language happening. I find it very worrying. The incumbent government talking so deceptively about carers, about disabilities, SEND in particular, and using us to apportion blame for the country being in dire straits financially. I think there's a lot of culture wars happening and that really worries me. And probably the most worrying thing is I do not feel that our opposition leaders and politicians are actually holding the government to account on the subject of poverty and in particular child poverty. And I think that's a real worry. I can't see any concrete pledges that are supporting families like myself, where I am a primary carer, an unpaid carer to my son who's been let down systematically because of underfunding. And that is a real worry. If we don't have a solid and strong opposition to what's happening for families like mine, then where is that, you know, hope for change? I think it's missing and I think that given the number of opportunities that Labour have to challenge the government, it's really depressing that I feel like they're not even trying. Big worry.

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20 May 2024
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Florrie W

📺 Poverty in the news: what do you think?

Firstly, as much good work as charities do, I think they can be used as a way for the government to shirk their responsibilities. We shouldn’t need charities that address poverty, because if the government did their job properly there wouldn’t be poverty.

I think it’s good that it’s being talked about, but my concern is that Keir Starmer has moved the Labour Party so far right that even some of their policies would not be in the best interests of people in poverty.

Conversations about tackling poverty are not enough to get me hopeful. Seeing actual change is the only thing that will do that.

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19 May 2024
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Ellie L

Current status; hideously embarrassed to be dealing with a family outbreak of scabies. Guess the old diseases of poverty are back. My cleaning costs are through the roof, don't think I'll ever risk doing a cold laundry wash again. Is my vacuum up to the job - absolutely not, it hasn't worked well for at least 8 years... but there's no money for a replacement. Haven't got full sets of spare bedding for everyone, so no chance of following the recommendation of cleaning everything all in one day. Instructed the kids not to tell any of their friends.

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19 May 2024
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Aurora T

My circumstances are not generally a reflection on most Universal Credit claimants. But for the few, there have been policies that have made our lives more difficult. And why?! Because of an oversight? The government really do not care. I’m writing now about the rising Administrative Earnings Threshold, which has now increased to £892. Most months I work enough hours to be taken over the threshold but this means I must work these hours or be penalised. People like me whose holiday pay is added to my hourly wage means I cannot take any time off work for a break of more than a week without being answerable to the DWP. I am a single parent. Surely I deserve at least to take my full annual leave entitlement - or are poor people not deserving of this?

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18 May 2024
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Donnie C

In worried about my rent going up.. this is the 3rd time in a row (yearly).. I've put us down for a council house but there's no properties. If there are, there's 160 people interested it. I've only got 20 points so I'm no where near the top!!!! Very worried atm

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18 May 2024
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Ed I

📺 Poverty in the news: what do you think?

The news of poverty was very awful to hear. People deserve a standard of living to live their life in the modern society. To worry about food, heating or shelter make their life worse. Pensioners need to look for job now due to state of poverty. Single mums and disabled people are also force to looking for jobs which is really scary. The distribution of food parcels among poor people are now a regular thing in Britain and needed to be changed immediately.

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17 May 2024
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Dotty G

📺 Poverty in the news: what do you think?

It really doesn't surprise me that Gordon Brown would make such a statement, and urge other charities to get involved with the current rise in child poverty in the UK.

I believe this is because tackling poverty in whichever way it presents itself is a subject close to his heart as I clearly remember Child Tax Credits and Working Tax credits being introduced under a Labour Government in 2003 when Gordon Brown was Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Both forms of Tax credits were introduced to reduce child poverty and increase financial support for families.

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17 May 2024
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Faith N

More strikes

More schools off

Monday and Tuesday OFF all day

Some days while the children are at school there will NO school dinners provided

My children avail of free school meals

This has been the worst year for strikes

First transport and then teaching staff and now non teaching staff

The children suffer

The parents suffer as they have to provide more food and they are already struggling

Plummeted further and further into poverty

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17 May 2024
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Faith N

It’s been very hot here and I can’t even afford to buy sun screen for my children. What is the world coming to? It’s a disgrace.

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17 May 2024
Diary

Faith N

Summer is creeping up

I’m worried sick

How can I financially cope with 8 full weeks of the children off?

The answer is - I can’t

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