From Rethinking Poverty

Talking Points: July 2018

14 Aug 2018

Child poverty is worsening Child poverty is soaring, says NPC chief executive Dan Corry in a recent Guardian article. Resolution Foundation analysis suggests that child poverty has risen from 1.6...

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How ‘good help’ can help to transform lives

07 Aug 2018

by Caroline Hartnell What is ‘good help’? According to a new report published by OSCA and NESTA, Good and bad help: How purpose and confidence transform lives, ‘good help’...

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If knowing the facts reduced poverty, it would be all over by now

24 Jul 2018

Barry Knight reviews Poverty: The facts (6th edition) by Alan Marsh, with Karen Barker, Carla Ayrton, Morag Treanor and Moussa Haddad (Child Poverty Action Group, 2017) and The New...

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Talking Points: June 2018

17 Jul 2018

Plight of poor people worsening … June has produced plenty of bad news on this front. Analysis by the Centre for Social Justice, a right-wing think-tank, shows that the wages...

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Talking Points: May 2018

06 Jun 2018

How can funders help develop the kind of civil society we need? How can funders support development of a civil society that will provide ‘a creative response to everything... Read More

Universal basic services – is this the answer to poverty?

29 May 2018

by Caroline Hartnell ‘Focusing on basic services, such as housing, food, communications and transport, is, we conclude, far more effective at driving down the cost of living than spending... Read More

‘How do we solve poverty if all your jobs depend on it?’ Barry Knight goes on a poverty safari

16 May 2018

The title of this article is taken from a quotation from Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey – better known as the rapper Loki. Based on his experience of growing... Read More

Talking Points: April 2018

08 May 2018

Why is wealth inequality soaring? By 2030 the richest 1 per cent will own two-thirds of global wealth. Dominic Frisby offers 10 reasons why this is happening in the... Read More

Rethinking Poverty: Towards the Webb Legacy – a summary

24 Apr 2018

Barry Knight’s book Rethinking Poverty:What makes a good society? was published last September, eliciting a wide range of responses, published on the Rethinking Poverty blog. Barry’s new paper, summarised... Read More

Both/and not either/or: we need to rethink poverty AND rethink politics

26 Mar 2018

‘If the crucial issue is how to ensure adequate resources for all, why are we asked to discuss the ‘Good Life’ at all?’ writes John Veit-Wilson. ‘… what they... Read More

Rethinking Poverty: Towards the Webb Legacy

07 Mar 2018

Purpose of this paper This paper has two goals. The first is to learn from reactions to the publication of Rethinking Poverty given during a wide range of public... Read More

Talking about poverty – is being careful about language enough, asks Caroline Hartnell

01 Mar 2018

‘The problem with the word poverty is that it embodies so many negatives,’ said journalist Stephen Armstrong, author of The New Poverty, speaking at Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) ‘Talking... Read More

Rethinking Poverty: The Webb Legacy

19 Dec 2017

After more than 70 years, the Webb Memorial Trust will close at the end of 2017. This follows a decision in 2010 to spend down the endowment of the... Read More

New Statesman article: Reinventing the Welfare State

18 Oct 2017

This article was originally published in the New Statesman magazine and online How to reinvent the welfare state for a new political era: voters want both freedom and security... Read More

Forget “Global North” & “Global South” – when it comes to poverty, power and progress, it’s a global conversation

21 Sep 2017

As the first anniversary of the launch of the campaign to #ShiftThePower approaches, there are clear signs that people in the Global South are developing it creatively.  A prime example took... Read More

Poverty Needs a New Story

13 Sep 2017

This article was original published on the Huffington Post   Our society is drifting. Nowhere is this more evident than in the fight against poverty. Without an underlying story... Read More

Policy Press Blog: What’s next for poverty?

31 Aug 2017

In a blog for Policy Press, Barry Knight, Webb Memorial Trust Director asks: What’s next for poverty? Progress on poverty has stalled.  The proportion of people living in poverty... Read More

Blog: Children’s Voices and Poverty

22 May 2016

Barry Knight, Director of the Webb Memorial Trust, contributed a chapter to Effective Philanthropy: Another Take published in April 2016 by Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace to coincide with... Read More

Blog: What is the role of business in reducing poverty in the UK?

13 May 2016

by Caroline Hartnell What is the role of business in reducing poverty? This was the question before a meeting hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty (APPG)... Read More

Barry Knight, Webb Memorial Trust – The debate: What are current sentiments towards poverty in the UK?

15 Mar 2016

Drawing on research conducted by YouGov, Director of the Webb Memorial Trust, Barry Knight, reflected on current sentiments towards poverty in the UK. He defined this as an area... Read More