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Rugby
Birmingham in poverty: Domestic abuse victims ‘too scared to put the heating’ on this winter 

21 Dec 17

They will each receive an individual grant of 150…


Blog comment
Business Questions 7 December 2017 

7 Dec 17

During Business Questions I called for an Urgent Debate on the state of poverty in the UK.


News
How poor children are falling behind BEFORE starting school 

1 Dec 17

A third of five-year-olds growing up in poverty were in the lowest performing group, charity Save the Children said…


Blog feature
BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme 

27 Nov 17

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 16th January 2018.


Local news
CAFOD Harvest Fast Day 

20 Nov 17

On Friday 6 October, children at St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School in Coventry celebrated CAFOD Harvest Fast Day in style.


Blog comment
Anchoring community wealth 

16 Nov 17

Preston’s skyline: Carl Ji , a Chinese student, at the  University of Central Lancashire Austerity has been devolved to local councils and, perversely, areas with higher levels of poverty have been hit hardest, councils have on average faced 40% …


Rugby
Birmingham Mail Light Up Christmas for Children campaign with the NSPCC 

16 Nov 17

Generous readers offered to help brothers suffering crippling poverty – now we’re calling on YOU to help us support many, many more kids…


News
How to help kids in poverty after we revealed heartbreaking story of brothers fed by school every day 

15 Nov 17

Tens of thousands of you read how they had no carpets at home, their clothes stored in a bin bag and no toys or books…


Rugby
Birmingham in poverty: Mum tells how she needs foodbanks EVERY DAY to feed her three children 

14 Nov 17

The loving mother says her life spiralled into debt when she was forced to flee an abusive relationship.


Local news
Gordon Brown demands Universal Credit pause as he condemns ‘horrific’ child poverty in the West Midlands 

13 Nov 17

Half a million West Midlands children will be in poverty, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warns…


Rugby
Birmingham brothers in poverty: How heartbroken readers responded 

11 Nov 17

Offers of food, clothes, toys, carpets, furniture, days out…


Rugby
Shocking photos show the poverty of 1960s Birmingham slums 

10 Nov 17

The pictures are to go on show for the first time in free exhibition…


News
Birmingham kids in poverty: Brothers fed by school every day and have NEVER had holiday 

10 Nov 17

Case study reveals how primary school helps desperate children and their family…


News
Birmingham kids in poverty: Brothers fed by school every day and have NEVER had holiday 

10 Nov 17

Case study reveals how primary school helps desperate children and their family…


Rugby
Desperate schoolchildren caught filling pockets with food to avoid going hungry at home 

10 Nov 17

Report from Erdington and Kingstanding head teachers reveals extent of poverty in Birmingham amid fears funding cuts will make it worse…


News
Desperate schoolchildren caught filling pockets with food to avoid going hungry at home 

10 Nov 17

Report from Erdington and Kingstanding head teachers reveals extent of poverty in Birmingham amid fears funding cuts will make it worse…


Blog comment
The West Midlands Combined Authority has turned its back on inclusive economic growth to tackle inequality 

20 Oct 17

The West Midlands economy reproduces deep inequalities of wealth and poverty, cross-cut by gender and ethnicity.


Blog comment
Valerie attends Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit 

18 Oct 17

On 18 October 2017 I attended the Opposition Day debate on Universal Credit to urge Government to pause Universal Credit and stop driving up poverty and homelessness.


Business
The $12 trillion dollar question 

11 Oct 17

Event to outline why West Midlands businesses should embrace Sustainable Development Goals.


Blog comment
Freedom Is 

29 Sep 17

Ok granted it’s a bit later than most , but here is my contribution to National Poetry Day on the subject of Freedom.


FixMyStreet
Council making area look third world country, 22nd August 

22 Aug 17

This is a ex temporary council accommodation house that has long been emptied and the rubbish has been left out.


Local news
Birmingham MP Liam Byrne hoping to learn more about impact of low income on Hodge Hill residents 

15 Aug 17

A Birmingham MP is trying to find out how poverty and low income impacts on people in his constituency.


Blog politics
“I am proud of all the people I have met throughout this campaign.” 

13 Jun 17

Whilst I am naturally disappointed with the result, I respect the choiceBradford West has made.


Blog comment
The shame of child poverty in the world’s 5th richest nation 

4 Jun 17

The UK’s record on child poverty is woeful given that we are supposed to be the 5th richest nation in the world.


Blog feature
Archie Hill remembered: Black Country tale of childhood is… 

22 May 17

IN 1973, Archie Hill’s first book was published and was acclaimed in The Sunday Times as ‘a work that throbs with vitality, colour and meaning’.