UN envoy hears tales of London's poor

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British residents have told a United Nations meeting how they have been left 'homeless and hungry' in the wake of welfare cuts.

Professor Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, heard accounts from members of the public in Newham, east London.

UN - Expert - Visit - UK - Poverty

The UN expert is on an official visit to the UK to examine what poverty exists in the country, its causes and the impact it has on people's human rights.

But his controversial 'fact-finding mission' is the latest in a string of UN investigations into the UK that have proved highly controversial.

Year - UN - Envoy - Downing - Street

Earlier this year, a UN envoy infuriated Downing Street by claiming Tory policies and the Brexit vote had made Britain more racist.

Prof Alston is on a 'human rights fact-finding visit' to the UK to 'investigate Government efforts to eradicate poverty'.

Rollout - Universal - Credit - Child - Poverty

He has announced that he will particularly be looking at the rollout of Universal Credit, child poverty, and the implications on poverty of Brexit.

Special rapporteurs for extreme poverty investigate impoverished countries then report their findings to the United Nations.

Prof - Alston - Trip - Britain - Mission

Prof Alston's trip to Britain is the second mission to a Western European country by a poverty rapporteur in the last 100 years, the first being to Ireland in 2011.

David Gordon, director of the Townsend Center for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, said: 'There's an oddity to this, obviously.

Rapporteurs - Poverty - Rights - Africa - Haiti

'When you think of the special rapporteurs on extreme poverty and human rights, you expect them to be visiting sub-Saharan Africa or Haiti. You don't expect them to be visiting the U.K.'

At the meeting in Newham on Monday, Prof Alston heard from a West African mother how she had to wait for 20 hours outside social services after fleeing an abusive relationship, according to The Independent.

She said while waiting she was left so hungry she...
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