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Communities Everywhere Have Untapped Creative Potential

This report shows that communities everywhere have untapped creative potential, and given the right support, can become active sources of innovation.

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Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
Come with me on a walk that will ruin your life. It will trash your income and slash your life expectancy by decades, as we stroll from one part of London to another.
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Poverty pushes children to lower achievement - Financial Times

Poverty pushes children to lower achievement - Financial Times | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
Poverty pushes children to lower achievement Financial Times The report notes that living standards have fallen in the UK, with the number of households living on an income below the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's minimum standard rising to 4.7m, or...
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Professor Steve Strand: Even at top schools, kids on free school meals are performing worse then their peers

Professor Steve Strand: Even at top schools, kids on free school meals are performing worse then their peers | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
We covered this story yesterday (from the Independent), but this article in the Conversation is written by the study's author, Steve Strand, who is Professor of(...) (From today: Prof Steve Strand: Even at top schools, kids on free school meals are...
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The answer to combating loneliness lies in the community

The answer to combating loneliness lies in the community | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
A new report shows that over 85s are badly affected by isolation – James Kempton argues that it needs to be made a public health priority (The answer to combating #loneliness lies in the community http://t.co/WL1rSQnBxg...
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Domestic Goddessing on a Shoestring!: Recipe: Stewed plums, peaches and mint with yoghurt

Domestic Goddessing on a Shoestring!: Recipe: Stewed plums, peaches and mint with yoghurt | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
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UK austerity measures likely to hurt society's poorest, OECD warns - The Guardian

UK austerity measures likely to hurt society's poorest, OECD warns - The Guardian | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
The Guardian UK austerity measures likely to hurt society's poorest, OECD warns The Guardian The Paris-based organisation said austerity measures and benefits cuts were more likely to hurt the poor in the UK than in most other OECD countries...
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MPs accuse energy firms of

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HIGHER energy bills for customers who pay by cash or cheque - rather than direct debit - are a “stealth tax on the poor”, angry MPs will say today (Tuesday, February 4).
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Discounts used as an incentive years ago to get customers to switch to direct debit now looks a penalty for those who simply don't have the choice.

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Fortnum & Mason sells record number of hampers - Telegraph

Fortnum & Mason sells record number of hampers - Telegraph | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
“Fortnum & Mason enjoys rise in Christmas sales despite tough period for high street (Fortnum & Mason sell a record number of hampers at Xmas http://t.co/2xpqmpEhrq Whilst UK Foodbank use rockets nabk...”
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Another example of the growing divide in 'austerity Britain'
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Twitter / UKLabour: #CostofCameron: Since April, ...

Twitter / UKLabour: #CostofCameron: Since April, ... | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
“RT @UKLabour: #CostofCameron: Since April, more than 500,000 people have used a foodbank http://t.co/emfOZ6wgvU”;
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Can the UK's ageing population usher in a new age of economic prosperity? - The Guardian

Can the UK's ageing population usher in a new age of economic prosperity? - The Guardian | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
“The Guardian Can the UK's ageing population usher in a new age of economic prosperity?”
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Time to rethink how we think of ageing?
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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty One Small Business at a Time - Huffington Post UK

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty One Small Business at a Time - Huffington Post UK | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
“ Breaking the Cycle of Poverty One Small Business at a Time Huffington Post UK One of the many positive aspects of this is that it means that our value chains have the potential to make a significant impact on local economies: from the sourcing of...”
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Free school meal pupils 'half as likely' to attend Russell Group university - Times Higher Education

Free school meal pupils 'half as likely' to attend Russell Group university - Times Higher Education | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
School pupils eligible for free school meals are half as likely to go to a Russell Group university after completing A levels, new figures suggest
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Ignoring persistent poverty is no way to build a thriving economy | Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Ignoring persistent poverty is no way to build a thriving economy | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
Enduring poverty is becoming a permanent feature of the UK economy – and that’s dangerous for us all, says Julia Unwin.

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Father's education level strongest factor in child's success at school – study - The Guardian

Father's education level strongest factor in child's success at school – study - The Guardian | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
The Guardian Father's education level strongest factor in child's success at school – study The Guardian Helen Barnard, policy and research manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said there was little evidence that the cycle of poverty and...
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Be a Gig Maker for Oxjam | Oxfam GB

Be a Gig Maker for Oxjam | Oxfam GB | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
Gig Makers wanted for for Oxjam - the nation's local music festival. Oxjam is one massive month of unforgettable gigs nationwide, all in aid of Oxfam. And right now, we're looking for outstanding volunteers to make it happen.
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How employers can reduce in-work poverty

How employers can reduce in-work poverty | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
In this guest post, Katie Schmuecker of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation argues that employers have an important part to play in reducing the UK's serious and growing problem of in-work poverty. Ther...
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Hard-up Brits twice as likely to turn to legal loan sharks over credit unions - 24dash (press release)

Hard-up Brits twice as likely to turn to legal loan sharks over credit unions - 24dash (press release) | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
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Hard-up Brits twice as likely to turn to legal loan sharks over credit unions
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Payday loan companies are nearly twice as popular as credit unions with hard-up Brits, a new report has revealed.
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Credit Unions have a lot of catching up to do.

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There’s more to reducing poverty than raising the income tax threshold | Joseph Rowntree Foundation

There’s more to reducing poverty than raising the income tax threshold | Joseph Rowntree Foundation | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
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Another well argued contribution to the debate on UK poverty.

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Poverty school failure link 'a myth'

Poverty school failure link 'a myth' | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
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Why do we see it as inevitable that the poor will do badly at school in the UK? #ukpoverty

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Why fight poverty? | Women's Views on News

Why fight poverty? | Women's Views on News | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
“Julia Unwin’s most recent book, 'Why fight poverty?' argues for the urgent need to tackle poverty in the UK. (Why fight poverty?: A rallying call by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s chief executive, Julia Un...”
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Food poverty is creating 'hidden country' that is being ignored by the ... - The Independent

Food poverty is creating 'hidden country' that is being ignored by the ... - The Independent | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
“The Independent Food poverty is creating 'hidden country' that is being ignored by the ...”
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Shameful jeering by Tories during Commons debate on food poverty #ukpoverty #ukhousing
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Bedroom tax is ‘costing more than it will save’

Bedroom tax is ‘costing more than it will save’ | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
“THE “bedroom tax” is costing millions of pounds more to implement in Scotland than it will save, the country’s council leaders have revealed.”
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The only problem with this argument is that different people make the savings from those who incur the costs.
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"Poverty in the UK: Can it be eradicated?" (free download)

"Poverty in the UK: Can it be eradicated?" (free download) | Escaping Poverty | Scoop.it
Prospect is delighted to have worked with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on bringing together a landmark collection of writing on the face of poverty now, which is available to download here for free. This collection brings together voices from across the political spectrum, and offers a range of opinions on what poverty is, its causes, the relationship between state and market and how a better understanding can help to create consensus in achieving a low-poverty UK. The essays include contributions from this country’s leading thinkers in economics, politics, philosophy, medicine and the charity sector including the the Master of the New College of Humanities AC Grayling, the philosopher Roger Scruton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the leading economist Diane Coyle and the Labour peer Maurice Glasman.
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