Al-Mizan Charitable Trust is a Muslim grant-funder which supports disadvantaged people and deprived communities across the UK, regardless of their faith or cultural background.

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Challenging Myths around Poverty in the UK (Free Event)

“Poverty in the UK? Those people on benefits are just too lazy to get jobs. They would rather get drunk and watch soaps all day on their flat-screen TVs.”

Sound familiar? It’s not surprising that many people believe these things about people living in poverty in the UK, especially when the media constantly push the strivers vs skivers false dichotomy by broadcasting poverty porn, such as Benefits Street, and politicians talk about how “we’re all in this together”, whilst passing bills on cutting essential benefits and using tax avoidance schemes.

Join Al-Mizan Charitable Trust for our free event on Challenging Myths around Poverty in the UK on Thursday 19 May 2016 from 6:30pm in Central London, where you can hear why these views and other popular opinions about poor people in the UK are completely wrong.

Doors will open at 6:30pm, we will start promptly at 7:00pm, and we will finish by 8:45pm. 

This event will take place at Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD. The nearest stations are Euston, King’s Cross, and Russell Square.

These myths around poverty in the UK will be addressed by the following speakers:

“Myth: Benefits can cover a person’s living costs, so they don’t provide any incentives to work”, addressed by Nicola Horsley, from the Centre for Research in Social Policy

“Myth: If you take out loans and get into debt, it’s your own fault”, addressed by Peter Tutton from Step Change Debt Charity

“Myth: The poverty premium doesn’t exist – everything costs the same whether you are rich or poor”, addressed by Sian Williams from Toynbee Hall

“Myth: Inequality is not a social issue – some people just work harder to get rich”, addressed by John Hood from The Equality Trust

“Myth: Disability benefits and services are generous and easy for disabled people to get”, addressed by Frances Ryan (Guardian columnist and journalist)

This event is free to attend, but we do ask that you register on Eventbrite, so that we know how many people will be attending. (However, we do have to pay for the venue, so we are asking for contributions towards event costs on our Eventbrite page, if you can afford it.)

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