Heat or Eat?

It’s not nice being cold or watching those you love feeling cold. Worse is experiencing that for a long period of time and knowing that the solution to your discomfort sits tantalisingly close. The radiators are there but you know if you put them on you’ll be confronted with a bill you can’t pay some … More Heat or Eat?

The role of p.o.v.e.r.t.y in the roles we play

The stereotypical image of the individual who finds themselves out of work, unable to find a job and living on benefits, is someone who ‘does nothing.’ A search of Google Images of the term ‘on benefits’ yields an array of depressingly trite yet familiar shots of large families; people in front of the TV; ‘Benefits … More The role of p.o.v.e.r.t.y in the roles we play

What’s wrong with capping Child Benefit-it’s only a bit less money, isn’t it?

Ed Balls announced yesterday his intention to cap Child Benefit for two years following a potential Labour victory next year. This is apparently one way of demonstrating just how safe the economy would be in his hands for in this one simple action he will be saving us all a whopping £400 million. £400 million … More What’s wrong with capping Child Benefit-it’s only a bit less money, isn’t it?

Poverty discrimination in schools-how much of a problem is it?

When I was 7 my dad was unemployed for a while. My parents cushioned us from the blow to the extent that they were able but still a few events from that time are forged in my memory. They are all connected with school. The somewhat blatant question asked of me by my teacher in … More Poverty discrimination in schools-how much of a problem is it?