In the last two weeks, two reports have been released that examine poverty in the UK.
- Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Human Rights Watch: Nothing Left in the Cupboards, Austerity, Welfare Cuts, and the Right to Food in the UK
Both publications report an increase in poverty based on extensive evidence from people living on low incomes. Both find similarity of cause, specifically austerity and the extent to which it has fallen on low income families, and both have serious reservations about the government’s response. This blog provides commentary from the perspective of analysis, research and frontline feedback from Policy in Practice and our clients.