Hunger in the UK

Low pay, growing inequality, social breakdown, and crackdowns on and “reform” of welfare all add up to a growing reality in modern Britain: hunger. Fe(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker speaking on Saturday at the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. Photograph: Paul Matthews

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker brushed off questions at the G20 summit over whether he should step down amid accusations of sweethe(...)

A boy plays football in  the Govan area of Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

For perhaps a few hours early into tomorrow morning, Shettleston, Castlemilk, Drumchapel and Easterhouse – some of Glasgow’s poorest districts – wi(...)

Britain’s prime minster, David Cameron, and home secretary Theresa May speak to Home Office immigration enforcement officers at a property in Slough where six immigrants were arrested yesterday. Photogrpah: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

A plan by Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron, to tighten restrictions on benefits to unemployed European Union immigrants is to be investigate(...)

 British prime minister David Cameron is seen arriving at last week’s summit. Media reports suggest that he  warned Britain could leave the EU if  Jean-Claude Juncker becomes the next president of the European Commission. Photograph: EPA

Prime minister David Cameron has reportedly warned that Britain could leave the EU if Luxembourg ex-prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker becomes the nex(...)

The Commons voted by 376 to 107 last night - a majority of 269 - to give the British health secretary the power to impose a ban on smoking in cars with children present  in England. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Smoking in cars in the presence of children is to be outlawed in England by the end of the year, Downing Street has signalled, after MPs voted overwh(...)

British prime minister David Cameron is accompanied by immigration officers yesterday as he prepares to be shown around a house in Southall, west London, raided earlier in the day by immigration officers. Photograph: David Bebber/Reuters

The decision to deny EU immigrants to the UK access to welfare benefits for three months after they arrive is legal, British prime minister David Came(...)

Britain’s Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith delivers his keynote speech on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

Cheetham Hill is a little over two miles from the Manchester Central conference centre, but there are days when a short journey can feel like a gulf.S(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron (right) talks to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Cyprus’s president Nicos Anastasiades during last week’s EU  summit in Brussels, at which agreement was reached on  new steps to fight youth unemployment. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

Social researchers already know British youth in search of work by an acronym: the precariat. It is a social class “formed by people suffering from pr(...)

British  Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith who has dismissed claims he was slashing welfare insisting the coalition had to make the system fairer. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A petition calling on Conservative minister Iain Duncan Smith to demonstrate he can live on £53 (€62.50) per week passed 150,000 signatures to(...)