Reintroducing: ATD Fourth World UK

ATD Fourth World UK’s dedication to activism, their deep understanding of systemic injustices, and their tireless efforts in empowering those with lived experiences of poverty and inequality resonate profoundly with our ethos. ATD Fourth World UK are an integral part of our collective, leveraging our expertise and passion to effect meaningful change. As we reflect on our journey together, we are immensely grateful for the partnership, friendship, and shared vision that ATD Fourth World UK Read more…

Reintroducing: All The Small Things CIC

All the Small Things CIC have been an integral part of the APLE Collective for many years now, showing commitment and significant contributions to our joint mission. The organisation’s efforts in Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire are commendable. By effectively raising awareness of critical social issues such as poverty and loneliness, they are making a tangible difference in their community. All The Small Things goes beyond this; they actively work to empower and amplify Read more…

Having Choices- A blog by Christopher Burns

Having a career, a choice how to make a living, a choice on how to contribute to society. A good majority of people in society do have choices in their lives, mainly due to the opportunities being there for them. A fault on my car maybe solved with a bulb or it may not and another grand will be added to the bill, which l’m already facing to cover the repairs to mum’s house. It’s Read more…

Single Parents Rights: Universal Credit Conditionality Research

At Single Parent Rights, we are calling on the government to reverse the latest Universal Credit work conditionality rules given the worrying findings from our recent research.  https://www.singleparentrights.org/uc-conditionality-research). Our survey of 638 single parents in receipt of Universal Credit revealed that less than one third (32%) find their work current requirements manageable. And over 80% of single parents in receipt of Universal Credit are unable to meet the new 30-hour work requirements introduced last October for Read more…

What London needs to hear- Christopher Burns

London will be told Cornwall is lovely and blue. It won’t be told that the Minor Injury unit is closed today and forcing a pensioner to rely on his family relative to supposedly gain healthcare in Bodmin. London will be told that Cornwall has no problems, it’s a fairytale for everyone and suffering doesn’t exist. Once again, the marketplace is benefiting from my misfortune, unfortunately. People who describe life in Cornwall as being in a Read more…

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The Politics of Taking Action on Poverty- Katy Goldstraw writes for #IDEP2023.

The views expressed in this blog post are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of APLE as a collective. The 17th of October is United Nations International Day to End Poverty. It is a globally recognised day to commemorate the impact that the lived experience of poverty has on the life chances and livelihoods of those who live on a low income. There will be events across the world Read more…

Culture Wars- Brian Scott writes for #IDEP2023

The views expressed in this blog post are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of APLE as a collective. (I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This) It is a period of fear and unrest.  In Westminster the feared Empire is preparing for another attack on those with limited power, say and democratic means to represent themselves in the ‘British’ parliament.  These attacks have happened sporadically over the last 13 years, Read more…

#LearningDisabilityWeek2023 Chris Burns

Last year I did a blog for Aple to mark learning disability week and I spoke about the achievements the community had made in my time of being involved in it. This one is more unplanned. This week I had a job interview, I also was forced to do a safeguarding alert for myself as the health issues I’m currently going through are impacting my life too much. But as I left the job interview Read more…

It costs money to be poor. Brian Scott writes for #APLEMonth2023.

For APLE month (June 2023) I’ve been asked to do a blog on health inequalities experienced by those living in poverty.  I will, hopefully, outline my experiences of living with a disability and recent health scare, as well as experiencing financial hardship and also cover the research that the APLE Collective conducted jointly with The Ada Lovelace Foundation on people’s experiences with NHS Primary Care Health Services both before and after the Covid Pandemic. As those Read more…

Developing Partnerships and understanding the impact of data driven systems that deliver medical care and public health interventions: An APLE perspective.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the UK’s health and social care system has increasingly relied on data-driven systems to deliver medical care and public health intervention to tens of millions of UK residents.  After developing a reputation as campaigners on Digital Exclusion, The APLE Collective were approached by Ada Lovelace Foundation and the Health Foundation to fully understand the impact relating to the rapid move towards data-driven systems and begin exploring to what extent the increasing Read more…