poverty

The campaign

The BPS ‘From Poverty to Flourishing’ campaign aims to put psychological evidence at the heart of action to tackle poverty and improve outcomes for children, families and communities...

The long-term negative psychological, physical and societal impacts of austerity (low/negative public investment) are well established in the academic sociological and epidemiological literatures (e.g. Barr et al., 2015). Political choices are understood to impact the health...

How might we use psychological knowledge to help people move from poverty to flourishing? This is the question raised by the British Psychological Society’s policy priority area for this year, now extended into 2021. Ella Rhodes asked members of the Expert Reference...

The economic changes resulting from the pandemic are likely to be unprecedented, and catastrophic for many – perhaps for the majority. The economy will be hit hard, with companies large and small folding. The knock-on effects of redundancies, the damage to Small and Medium-...

On one hand, the Covid-19 crisis immediately levelled many existing inequalities within society, suddenly rendering everyone at risk. People, rich or poor, were drawn together around their shared sense of responsibility to one another. Previously unseen members of society...

Of all the tools and skills acquired as a practicing psychologist, the most important is empathy. Empathy is the magic dust which, when sprinkled liberally, allows exciting things to happen. Rigid, dictatorial systems limber up and start thinking about a person’s behaviour as...

The Park family reside high up in an angular and pristine house. Everyone walks around in slippers on stretches of stone and wooden flooring; it looks barely lived in. As the Kims run back to their home, the camera pans as they glide downhill, downstairs, moving perpetually...

The British Psychological Society theme for 2020 – 'From poverty to flourishing' – caught my attention recently, reminding me of a true story of resilience based in Singapore. It is...

Shelter recently released a shocking report which found that a child becomes homeless every eight minutes in Britain – equivalent to 183 per day...

For a ‘rich’ country, by global standards, the UK has an awful lot of people who are not. Fourteen million people – one fifth of the population – live in poverty. Of these, four million are more than 50 per cent below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are classed as destitute...