Category: poverty

Breaking Bread Together: Community Food Initiatives

Barbara Morrison
Ciabatta - Source: Author

As the cost of living crisis grows, there is little sign that the government is taking effective action to help those who are in real need. In a pre-election interview on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the prime minister failed to articulate what help may be available to a pensioner struggling to make ends meet. Shortly after, […]

Live Worse for Less – The Chancellor’s Diktat

Barbara Morrison
The Rich and the Poor - Source: Pixabay Free to use

When I wrote about the looming cost of living crisis back in January, the outlook was bleak for the most vulnerable people in society. After the chancellor’s spring statement, it is clear that he is not prepared to support those in most need. In response to widespread criticism of the measures announced, Rishi Sunak has now […]

Oxford residents rally for ‘Doughnut Economics’

Kerry Ann Christelow

Doughnut Economics is the brainchild of Kate Raworth which builds on a radical rethinking of economics after the Financial Crash of 2008.  Her book, Doughnut Economics – Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist (2018, Penguin / Random House Business), is enlightening, readable and makes a whole lot of sense even to those […]

Credit Unions – A Safer Way to Borrow

Barbara Morrison
Gloucestershire Credit Union Logo - with permission

Stagnant wage rises, ‘zero hours’ contracts, an uncertain economy and the coming cost of living crisis as energy prices rocket – there are lots of reasons why people’s incomes have been feeling more and more squeezed during the past decade. Making ends meet each month can sometimes seem hard. An unexpected repair, a new pair […]


Two District Councils record Zero Rough Sleepers

Julian Greenbank

On the 31 December 2021, the Districts Councils of the Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire both recorded zero ‘rough sleepers‘ (people sleeping on the streets) for the first time since 2013. This achievement comes after the Liberal Democrats won control of both councils. In South Oxfordshire they formed a coalition with the Greens. […]


2022: The Year of a Cost of Living Catastrophe

Barbara Morrison
Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

Too many people in our society live insecure and precarious lives as a result of low incomes, few opportunities to improve their situation and vulnerability to changes in circumstances which more affluent citizens can barely imagine. Soaring food costs and the energy bill crisis drove inflation to 5.4% in the 12 months to December 2021, […]