UN investigator sets out on countrywide poverty tour
A UN special investigator has launched a two-week inquiry into rising levels of poverty and hardship across the UK, saying he hopes the government is ready for proper dialogue over the human consequences of austerity cuts.
Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, is touring some of the UK’s poorest towns and cities, visiting food banks and community groups and meeting MPs, government officials, academics and families in hardship. Alston, who has a reputation as a fearless, plainspeaking critic, will gather evidence on the impact of universal credit, welfare changes, local government cuts and rising living costs before publishing an interim report on his findings before mid-November.
He is scheduled to visit Glasgow, Barking, Oxford, Belfast, Newham in east London, Newcastle upon Tyne and Cardiff.