The Guardian: The UK poverty crisis with Philip Alston
Join us for an evening with Philip Alston, UN rapporteur on global poverty and human rights, as he talks to Guardian editor of society, health and education policy Patrick Butler. Alston, with a panel of speakers including author Kerry Hudson and Guardian senior economics commentator Aditya Chakrabortty, will discuss the findings of his extensive research into the UK poverty crisis.
In November 2018, Alston embarked on a two-week fact-finding tour of the UK to talk to those worst hit by austerity measures and ascertain whether government policies breach international human rights standards. His damning report, which will be presented to Geneva this summer, accused the UK Government of being “determinedly in a state of denial”, with poverty being “a political choice”.
Though the fifth richest country in the world, the UK has seen food bank use up almost fourfold since 2012, and child poverty reach almost 40% – a fact that Alston calls “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster, all rolled into one”. Meanwhile, Brexit is likely to affect the most vulnerable – but to what extent? Are the realities of the poverty crisis really understood? And what action will be taken as a result of the report?
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.
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