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TOPIC: UN turns its gaze on the UK over ‘extreme’ poverty and benefit changes

UN turns its gaze on the UK over ‘extreme’ poverty and benefit changes 10 Nov 2018 14:42 #10953

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The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has begun a fact-finding visit to the United Kingdom from 5 to 16 November 2018 to investigate Government efforts to eradicate poverty.

“The United Kingdom is one of the richest countries in the world, but millions of people are still living in poverty there,” said Alston, designated by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to monitor, report and advise on extreme poverty and its intersection with human rights.

“I have received hundreds of submissions that make clear many people are really struggling to make ends meet.”

During his two-week visit, the Special Rapporteur will travel to England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and visit Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Essex, Glasgow, Jaywick, London, and Newcastle.

He will meet with Government officials, including at the devolved and local level, to discuss efforts to eradicate poverty.

He will also meet with individuals affected by poverty to hear about their experiences and with civil society organisations working on poverty and human rights, academics, and national human rights institutions.

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