It is the state that is shirking its duties, not the parents

Jack Monroe began using food banks to feed herself and her son last year after losing her job. She found herself grappling with a food budget, after housing costs and bills, of only ten pounds a...

When is a food bank referral not a food bank referral? When it’s from the DWP

A month ago Oxfam and Church Action on Poverty highlighted the stark increase in food poverty in the UK: at least half a million people now rely on emergency food support from foodbanks around the...

Latoya at Radio Cardiff

Latoya's Journey

My name is Latoya. I come from Barbados. I'm 28 and a participant in Oxfam Cymru's Sanctuary in Wales project  based in Oasis, Cardiff for women refugees and asylum seekers.  I...

Child maintenance is crucial for single parents in the UK

If you're a single parent in the UK, you're more likely to be struggling - more single parents than couple families have no savings, or are in social housing. But child maintenance - the...

Comprehensive Spending Review: crudely capping costs will undermine livelihoods

Before today's Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) statement, George Osborne announced that he wouldn't be making any further immediate cuts in the welfare bill, in his bid to find £11 billion...

Tackling poverty needs 'radical action', not more economic failure

Government action on poverty and inequality tinkers around the edges of our economy but success depends on more radical measures, writes Judith Robertson, head of Oxfam Scotland. ...

900,000 more in poverty – time to change course?

Figures released by the government today confirm that the real incomes of 900,000 people fell below the poverty line in the year 2011/12, an increase in poverty equivalent to the size of Manchester...

Humankind Index: our new approach to measuring prosperity, one year on

As the G8 leaders prepare to gather in Belfast and there are renewed calls to look beyond GDP, Oxfam Scotland releases its second Humankind Index (HKI) results, an attempt to do just that. ...

The Spirit Level documentary: the story so far, and the next chapter

Katharine Round is currently directing The Spirit Level documentary, a film based on the award-winning book of the same title, that looks at how wealth gap in developed countries impacts on...

There is hunger right on our doorstep

Though the UK is the seventh richest country in the world, half a million households right here on our doorstep need emergency food aid. ...