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.
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.
At least 12 million older people and disabled people do not receive the care they require, a number which has almost doubled since 2010. This is according to a May 2018 report by the Care and Support Alliance which reveals the impact of the failing social care system.
Over 1.2 million people aged 65 and over, don’t receive all the care and support they need.
This is from the March 2018 campaign report (pdf), published by Age 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).
‘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.
The Runnymede Trust and partners have launched a May 2017 Manifesto for Race Equality in Britain to ensure BME voices are heard.
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.
Time to Change launched a February 2017 campaign to show he easy ways anyone can step in and support a friend by being in their corner.
The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was launched in January 2017. It aims to start a national conversation about the scale and impact of loneliness in the UK.