End Hunger UK report: Fix Universal Credit

We all rely on the welfare safety net being there for us in times of financial stress or hardship. But Universal Credit is currently failing in this task. This is according to a July 2018 report by End Hunger UK on Universal Credit and food poverty in the UK.

50:50 Parliament visual essay: Women in Parliament

Since 1918, 490 women have been elected to parliament. In 2018, there are 209 women MPs. For every woman currently in the House of Commons, there are twice as many men. A visual essay by 50:50 Parliament illustrates the history of gender representation in the House of Commons, with detailed demographics and policy implications.

The Equality Trust manifestos: For a Fairer UK

‘The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the developed world’ says the March 2018 Equality Trust manifesto.

Equality Trust have published their National, Local and Individual Manifestos designed to help people across the UK take action to reduce inequality. 

The manifestos states: 

We must protect and progress workers’ rights: strengthen trade union rights
and introduce employment rights from day one
We must explore the most effective ways of distributing wealth fairly and
efficiently: establish an independent Commission on Wealth
We must end child poverty: reinstate child poverty targets and commit to
eliminating child poverty
We must tackle our housing crisis: establish a large scale house building
programme, prioritising social housing and truly affordable housing,
built to high quality and environmentally friendly standards. 
Find out more about the Equality Trust’s manifestos. 

Read the manifesto in full (pdf).

Mencap campaign report: Treat Me Well

The Mencap logo.

‘1 in 3 healthcare professionals think people with a learning disability receive worse quality healthcare than those without’. This is according to the February 2018 campaign report (pdf) from Mencap. Treat Me Well aims to transform how the NHS treats people with a learning disability in hospital.

Young Minds and NAS campaign – Always #HelpToGetHome

Young Minds and the National Autistic Society launched a March 2017 campaign to improve the rights of young people in inpatient units. The campaign called for NHS England to adopt the Always Charter, which set out twelve rights that young people in inpatient units and their families should always have.