UN Envoy Investigates Extreme Poverty in UK – and human rights

UN Envoy Investigates Extreme Poverty in UK
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UN Envoy Investigates Extreme Poverty in UK. Also human rights issues across the country.

The UN’s special envoy has been in Britain to investigate poverty and human rights in the country – one of the richest in the world.

Monday November 12 Professor Philip Alston heard evidence from communities in London who spoke about effects of austerity, Universal Credit and homelessness.  The meeting was coordinated by Community Links and Just Fair

They filled the Community Links hall in Newham to tell their stories. was there

Philip Alston in UK on two-week visit between 5 and 26 November.  He travelled to Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

The Special Rapporteur designated by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. He was invited to Britain by the British Government.

A final report on the visit published April 2019.

Latest stats show that 20% of people in the UK live in poverty.  This includes 8 million working-age adults, 4 million children and 1.9 million pensioners.  Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) found nearly 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more UK pensioners were in poverty in 2016-17 compared with 2012-13.

Follow the Special Rapporteur on Twitter @Alston_UNSR and on Facebook at

For Community Links: 

For justfair


Let us have your thoughts.  What do you think of the Special Envoy’s visit?  Important to have him come to the country?  The stats are quite incredible.  Austerity and the roll out of Universal Credit mainly to blame.  Will the government listen?  Take action to end the poverty?

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