Poverty in the UK

How being poor keeps you poor

A lack of money dominates every part of daily life - including how you think and how you feel.

Emergency food

Families are struggling to make ends meet, but there is still a social stigma in using foodbanks.

Food banks in Britain: People would have died if we had not been here

This year food banks have fed a million people for free. Why are they necessary?

The social supermarket is a step forward for tackling food poverty

Britain's first 'social supermarket' lets local people on low incomes buy food at knock-down prices, but more needs to be done to tackle the roots of food poverty

It's the inequality, stupid

Inequality is getting worse and it affects every aspect of society

Calories and class

How class affects your diet and your health

Top stores call them budget food lines. I say they are a disgrace

Sales of 'value' products have soared during the credit crunch. Here Jay Rayner asks why stores force the poor to eat such low grade food

Energy companies need to show struggling families more warmth

Parents are having to choose between heating and food - and the energy suppliers are not helping them cope.

Kindness of pub regulars who rescued homeless man forced to sleep rough

Pub customers rallied round to put this man back on his feet and into a home of his own.

Feeling the squeeze

Parents are finding it hard to cope with financial pressures

Long-term renting is 'damaging children's lives'

When families have to move because of rising rents, children lose out on friends, school and stability

Housing crisis: did damp and crowding contribute to cot death?

A baby was found dead in her cot below fungus growing out of the wall in a flat on a York housing estate

Why aren't we more outraged about child poverty?

When you talk about child poverty, you're essentially talking about fairness

Missing out

Children suffer when they are deprived of experiences and possessions that others see as normal

School costs

Even though state education is free, parents need to find money for 'extras' - which are actually essentials. Young people collected this information about how the poorest amongst them miss out.

School was Jamie's only refuge. But not any more

A teacher tries to assist a troubled student, but in the end is powerless to help

Benefits Street: How it feels for those of us who are judged because of our background

Channel 4's programme implies that you should be ashamed to be raised on a housing estate with poor people

Ghost jobs, half lives: how agency workers 'get by' in Britain's shadow economy

There's a whole world of work that is temporary, shifting and keeps people in poverty.

To tackle personal debt we need to tackle inequality first!

Government policies should be tested to see whether they will increase the gap between the richest and the rest