Niall Cooper's blog

Autumn Spending Review: we're not all in this together

Autumn Spending Review: we're not all in this together

The poorest will have to shoulder the biggest burden as a result of today’s Spending Review by George Osborne.

It's poor working families not the rich who are being hit

It's poor working families not the rich who are being hit

Amidst all the budget fuss over 50p tax rates for the very wealthy and the ‘injustice’ of higher rate taxpayers losing out on Child Benefit, who is prepared to speak up for 212,000 low income working families set to lose £3,870 a year each? It is they who are facing the biggest cut in incomes come April this year.

We must engage with those who feel they have no stake

We must engage with those who feel they have no stake

I returned last Friday from a week more or less out of reach of TV, radio and electronic communications to what feels like another country: A country convulsed by anger, outrage and anguish. A country in which the ‘old certainties’ of even ten days ago, now seem past their sell by date.

Poverty: Nothing about us, without us, can be for us

Just as women’s rights would never have been won without women at the helm, poverty will never be truly addressed until those who experience it firsthand are at the heart of the process.

Reality check for the Big Society

Reality check for the Big Society

This has not been a good week for the Big Society: As the impact of cuts are starting to bite on local communities, charity and council leaders are increasingly calling into question whether the Government’s ‘Big Society’ vision will survive.