Bashing the poor is losing its appeal

For years, it has been axiomatic that the majority of the British public regarded benefit recipients as "skivers" who could get a job if they wanted. This perception seems to have survived...

Is it about time we stopped attacking the welfare state?

Is it about time we stopped attacking the welfare state?

Even though a recent survey has shown that attitudes towards people on benefits might be softening, the stigma of living in poverty is very much alive. Just last week, at the Liberal Democrats conference,...

Anti-austerity protest in Barcelona, May 2011. Credit: Libby Bounds/Oxfam

In Europe, poverty and inequality are political choices

As we launch our new paper on the impact of austerity in Europe, guest blogger Claire Champeix from the European Anti-Poverty Network, says the EU needs to stop breaking its promises to...

Lorna, a working mother who lives in Tower Hamlets, not far from Canary Wharf, the prosperous heart of the UK's banking industry. Credit: Lydia Goldblatt

Austerity in Europe: why repeat history's mistakes?

Today, we launch a new paper that uses the lessons from Africa, Latin America and South East Asia to warn against aggressive austerity programmes in Europe. Krisnah Poinasamy, one of the authors...

The impact of austerity – and the alternatives

If you've seen the news in the last few days, you'll have no doubt come across the headlines that say the UK "has turned a corner", and that we are on the road to economic recovery....

Closing down Credit: Jimmy Mac

Growth you say? When GDP just ain’t enough...

Forget the so-called 'green shoots', Katherine Trebeck argues that the growth being reported by some, is not the kind to be celebrated.  ...

If only it was that easy, Jamie

One thing you'll notice if you watch Jamie's 30 Minute Meals is that they actually take more than 30 minutes from scratch to being 'plated up'. Before the clock starts, packages have...

Highlights from a week with the UK Poverty team

Jossie Katayama recently spent a week in Oxfam House, getting work experience with our UK Poverty team. Once she had completed her week in the office, she decided to write about her time here and...

Citizens Advice Bureau: showing things aren't working as they should

Citizens Advice Bureau: showing things aren’t working as they should

Jossie Katayama recently spent a week with us at Oxfam, getting work experience with our team. One of the things she did was visit the Citizens Advice Bureau in Oxford, one of our partners. These...

‘Well done mum!’ Children cheer mothers’ success on Access to Work project

Proud kids made colourful banners to celebrate their mums' achievements in completing six months on Oxfam Cymru's unique Access to Work programme. at a unique awards ceremony in Cardiff's...