In a landmark project with UN-Habitat, a team of Cambridge researchers has designed a community centre in one of Kenya’s biggest and oldest slums, and its future users are now raising funds to build it.
Becoming a father before the age of 25 raises the risk of dying early in middle age, scientists have discovered.
It’s an unfortunate fact of economics and finance that many different concepts seem to have been given the same name.
Rents paid to private landlords in Britain went up by an average of 2.5% over the last year, the fastest rise for two-and-a-half years, figures show.
Future criminals and council house tenants can be spotted as early as nursery school, a study suggests.
Most members of Generation Z can't imagine life without Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. Nearly one in four teens reports being online "almost constantly," with much of that online time dominated by social media.
Turning street lights off late at night to save money does not seem to trigger an increase in either traffic accidents or crime according to a survey of local councils in England and Wales where such cuts have been made.
A major Scotland-wide study of the health, economic and social circumstances of people aged 50-plus will enable future improvements to be made to their health and wellbeing.
Bosses in all fields can make mistakes. And while junior staff may always feel uncomfortable pointing them out, in some areas failing to do so could cost lives.
The Conservative budget risks widening Britain’s racial divide by making millions of minority ethnic people poorer at a faster rate than their white counterparts, a study has found.
Researchers have found that harmful drinking may be a hidden health and social problem in otherwise successful older people across England, according to a new report.
The extent of the renting crisis among young people in the UK has been made clear following a detailed report by economists at accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
Families need an annual income of at least £45,000 to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of their environment.
Do you like your jazz to be Norah Jones or Ornette Coleman, your classical music to be Bach or Stravinsky, or your rock to be Coldplay or Slayer?
At the end of this year there will be a critically important international climate change conference in Paris. At this conference, nations will attempt to reach an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming.
Some road signs have been troubling me lately. There are a few new signs on the A21, on a stretch of roadworks where trees and a couple of old houses are making way for a dual carriageway.
Students from the poorest backgrounds in England will graduate owing up to £53,000 after maintenance grants are replaced by loans, a think tank says.
Unemployed families will be unable to afford to live in large parts of England as the government’s benefit cap plans threaten at least 100,000 households with homelessness and poverty, new research finds.
Violent crime recorded by police jumped by nearly a quarter in the last year, including the first rise in knife crime for five years, official figures have revealed.
Victims of forced marriage are being failed by the services they most desperately need.
Nearly two-thirds of British children in poverty live in working families, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed in its annual poverty and inequality report, undermining government assertions that a job was an automatic route out of poverty.
Fewer babies are being born as a result of the Government’s austerity drive putting women off from having children, suggests a new report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
David Cameron has pledged to eliminate gender inequality in pay by forcing companies to disclose their gender pay gaps.
A private school education may be a poor investment, according to research that shows rapid growth in independent school fees outstripping the incomes of middle class professionals.
Almost 40 per cent of servicewomen in the British Army have received unwanted comments about their looks or sexuality in the past year, a new survey has found.
There has been a substantial increase in violence in jails in England and Wales, the chief prisons inspector is expected to say in his annual report.
A new report has revealed more than half of Scots and three-quarters of people from North West England are harmed by another person’s drinking.
Home Office statistics revealed a 50 per cent rise in Taser use in five years. Police drew Tasers 10,062 times last year in England and Wales and fired them 1,724 times, which are marginal falls since 2013, but still mean that an average of 27 people have Tasers pointed at them each day and four or five are felled by the powerful weapons.
In his Budget speech on Wednesday the Chancellor heralded his extensive welfare cuts as “fair” and suggested that the boost to incomes from his new national living wage would ultimately leave ordinary families with a higher standard of living.
Universities will be able to raise fees from their record level of £9,000 a year, the Chancellor has declared.
The coalition government’s efforts to rebalance the UK economy were largely unsuccessful, according to a new report.
New figures showing the average Briton is issued with 20 prescriptions a year have sparked warnings that the country has become “a nation of pill pushers”.
People aged over 55 could be four times more likely than the general population to become victims of a telephone scam where fraudsters pose as a bank or the police, according to figures from the financial ombudsman.
Spending on schemes aimed at preventing children from disadvantaged backgrounds from falling into cycles of crime and poverty has more than halved over the last five years, new research has revealed.
Data released by Office of National Statistics on Friday shows that the number of Indians living in UK is four times more than the Chinese and Americans, over three times more than those of Bangladeshi and German origin and two times more than those from Ireland.
The UK is one of the happiest countries in terms of family relationships but is among the least friendly to neighbours, according to an international study.
British households are still £500 a year worse off than before the financial crisis in 2008, according to new official figures which underscore the long-term damage inflicted on families’ finances by the deep recession and lacklustre recovery.
The police will need to recruit 17,000 black and ethnic minority officers over the next decade if the service is to accurately reflect the community it serves, a report has concluded.
University students are turning to gambling, medical trials and adult work in order to supplement the maintenance loan which is “out of touch” with the high cost of living, new research has revealed.
A record number of people have been prosecuted for offences categorised as "violence against women and girls", figures for England and Wales show.
Private rents are higher in Britain than any other European Union country and swallow up more of people’s earnings, according to a new analysis.
A Guardian analysis of newly released government figures has revealed a shocking increase in the proportion of ethnic minority children and young people being held in the youth justice system.
LGBT people in Britain’s rural towns and villages are being bullied relentlessly because of their sexuality, leaving some too scared to leave the house, according to an expert in hate crime.
Up to three quarters of a million men in Britain may have a sexual interest in children, according to researchers.
Four in 10 of the first students to pay higher fees do not believe their courses have been good value for money, a survey for BBC Radio 5 live suggests.
The public transport system is failing the oldest and most vulnerable in society in England, a report says.
Shoppers who use the internet to research hotels, books, electronics and other purchases are being misled by millions of "fake" reviews orchestrated by companies to trick potential customers, the consumer watchdog warns today as it begins an inquiry.
One in 20 of all the children in England were referred to social services last year alone, amid a dramatic expansion in the child protection system, new figures from the NSPCC reveal.
The number of sexual offences against children recorded by police in England and Wales has rocketed by more than a third in the last year, police figures show.
The British public associate Muslims with terrorism more than any other issue, a survey has revealed.
Class size has very little impact on a child’s quality of education, because teachers tend to stick to their teaching approach regardless of the number of students, a new study has found.
Almost half of British people think refugees – including those who have escaped the civil war in Syria – should be turned away from the UK, new research has revealed.
Elite British companies are thwarting the career prospects of talented working-class applicants and reinforcing social division, according to a government study.
Marriage has long been cited as a health booster, with couples living in wedded bliss more likely to live longer and have fewer emotional problems.
The Church of England, one of the country’s biggest landowners, needs to put its house in order and sell off some of its land in response to Britain’s housing crisis, according to a newly released report.
Teachers are prejudiced against poorer children, automatically believing that they will do worse in tests than wealthy children, new research has found.
More than a million violent crimes a year are being edited out of the Government’s official crime figures, new research has shown, meaning true levels in England and Wales are 60 per cent higher than previously thought.
Growing workloads, longer hours, fewer breaks and feeling undervalued are just a few of the factors contributing to a huge amount of stress being reported by staff in public services,
Britain is facing a ‘jobs bottleneck’ due to a lack of flexible working options, says a major new study, which has found that just 6.2 per cent of quality job vacancies in the UK mention flexible working.
Creative people are genetically more likely to suffer from mental illness such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, a study suggests.
More people started buying drugs online in 2014 than ever before, despite the closure of the Silk Road website the previous year, according to new research.
Bright boys from poorer backgrounds in England "seriously underachieve" at GCSE, according to research from the Sutton Trust education charity.
A survey suggests that leaders of a range of organizations internationally (including the United States) are most likely to have a degree in the social sciences, with 44 per cent of leaders holding such a credential.
There is no evidence that family courts in England and Wales are discriminating against fathers because of gender bias, a new study by the University of Warwick and funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found.
The Church of England has lost nearly two million followers in the last two years and is on the brink of "extinction", it has been warned.
The voting system used to elect MPs to Westminster is so dysfunctional it is hastening the break-up of the United Kingdom, according to a new report.
Tens of thousands of patients have been thrown off GP surgery lists amid crisis shortages of doctors across the country.
"Oliver Twist scenarios" are taking place on Britain's streets as children are tasked with pickpocketing, shoplifting and begging, the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.
The most wealthy areas in Wales and Northern Ireland are on average poorer in terms of disposable income than the most deprived areas of London, according to new official statistics.
Around 90 per cent of British women have reported experiencing street harassment for the first time during puberty.
Women have to wait 20 years more than men to earn their first million, according to research released today.
The number of students at UK universities who went abroad as part of their studies soared by 50 per cent last year, according to figures released.
Young women travelling to Syria to join Islamic State often end up "domestically isolated in severe conditions", new research claims.
The gap in literacy skills in the UK between young people neither employed or in education and those in work is the widest of any Western nation, according to a new study.
Over the past 30 years, the running costs of central government have risen, and as far as we know they have for councils too.
The Conservatives more than doubled the number of ethnic minority voters it won at the election as it significantly closed the gap on Labour.
One-in-four British soldiers, sailors and airmen want to leave the Armed Forces as soon as they can, according to a Ministry of Defence survey showing a crisis in morale.
Nearly half of all people claiming disability benefit are doing so because they have a mental illness rather than a physical condition, a new analysis has found.
Almost a third of the UK population experienced income poverty in at least one year between 2010 and 2013, official data shows.
The number of foreigners winning British citizenship has plummeted to the lowest level since 2002, new figures have disclosed.
Almost a third of schoolchildren believe that Muslims are “taking over our country” according to the largest study of its kind carried out in the UK.
The UK is the most unequal country in the EU, according to a new report.
Almost 5,000 disabled adults have been sexually abused in England in the past two years, figures have shown.
Banning mobile phones from schools has the effect of giving pupils an extra week's education over the course of an academic year, researchers say.
UK families hold a combined wealth of more than £9.1trn – the equivalent of £326,414 for every household in the land, according to a new analysis.
Soaring numbers of children are being taken into care despite adoptions being in freefall, according to new figures, which suggest that hundreds of vulnerable children are missing out on secure homes.
The number of children being put forward for adoption has plummeted over the past year following a series of court rulings that have left local authorities frightened of removing them from birth families.
Just one actor in 10 comes from a working-class background according to new research which appears to back up claims by stars such as Julie Walters, David Morrissey, Samuel West and Judi Dench that their profession is becoming increasingly closed to the less affluent.
Europe’s growing obesity crisis will see almost three-quarters of men and two-thirds of women in the UK being overweight in 15 years, health experts have said.
Living standards fell in the UK for all but the very rich under the coalition, leaving more people in financial difficulty and unable to afford basic living items, according to an academic analysis of as yet unpublished official data.
An estimated 15,000 people died unnecessarily between December and March because they were living in homes they couldn’t afford to heat, new figures show.
Men are narrowing the gap on women when it comes to life expectancy in England and Wales, research in the Lancet indicates.
The number of older carers in England is rising, with signs the pressures of looking after loved ones is damaging their health, research suggests.
People living in the some of the country’s richest areas will, by 2030, live more than eight years longer on average than those living in some of the poorest, leading experts have said.
Children who are bullied are at greater risk of mental health problems in later life than those who are maltreated by adults, according to new research.
The collective wealth of Britain’s richest people has more than doubled in the last 10 years, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
The cause of obesity is a bad diet rather than a lack of exercise, according to a group of international experts.
A "record number" of people received aid from UK food banks in the last year, a charity has said.
Violence against children plummeted 18 per cent last year in England and Wales, hospital admissions show.
Discrimination against Muslim women in the workplace means they are much more likely to be unemployed than white Christian women - even when they have the same qualifications and language skills - research shows.