A Budget Constrained by Caution

This article appeared in the Evening Telegraph: 11/02/2019 [Online], Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-no-money-to-alleviate-poverty-an-example-of-holyroods-lack-of-political-vision/  [Accessed: 2019, Feb 13] Last week, I travelled to the Scottish Parliament for the budget address with Scottish Unemployed Workers’ Network (SUWN), a campaign group based in Dundee which was joined by campaigners from across Scotland in the call for progressive taxation for welfareContinue reading “A Budget Constrained by Caution”

Provisions that Prevent Period Poverty

This article appeared in the Evening Telegraph: 28/01/2019 [Online], Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-action-needed-to-help-dundee-women-using-socks-and-newspapers-during-period/ [Accessed: 2019, Jan 29] From its foundation in 2005 until 2012, I had the privilege of managing Dundee foodbank. I recall one particularly memorable encounter around 2010 where a young lady had just received the food I handed to her before pointing at theContinue reading “Provisions that Prevent Period Poverty”

Pondering Poverty, Politics and People

This article appeared in the Evening Telegraph: 21/01/2019 [Online], Available: https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/ewan-gurr-the-three-js-dundee-is-now-all-about-the-three-ps-poverty-politics-and-people/ [Accessed: 2019, Jan 24] “I cannae wait to get oot o’ this s****hole?” was a riposte I often used to hear from the natives of Dundee growing up here in the 1990’s. By 1997, 1,000 people were leaving the city each year to pursueContinue reading “Pondering Poverty, Politics and People”

The Foodbank Nightmare Before Christmas

This article appeared in the Daily Record: 15/12/2018 [Online], Available: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/foodbank-worker-ewan-gurr-nightmare-13735577 [Accessed: 2018, Dec 15] [Ewan Gurr speaking alongside David Mundell MP in July 2015] The Neighbourhood Food Collection has become a staple in the diet of the healthy foodbank. The partnership between Tesco, The Trussell Trust and Fareshare takes place in the first week ofContinue reading “The Foodbank Nightmare Before Christmas”

Caught Between De-Industrialisation and Deprivation

This article appeared in The Courier: 07/11/2018 “Almost 40 years I’ve worked for Michelin and I find out I have lost my job on social media” said a friend of mine last night. As employees were called in for an 8am meeting on Tuesday morning my friend, who sought to remain nameless, said: “I shouldContinue reading “Caught Between De-Industrialisation and Deprivation”

Is Universal Credit Universally Discredited?

This article appeared in the Daily Record: 23/10/2018 I recently had dinner in Glasgow’s east end with a friend who told me that, since being made redundant and applying for the newly rolled out Universal Credit, he has been getting up each day and going to his local library from opening to closing time justContinue reading “Is Universal Credit Universally Discredited?”

Dundee: From Austerity to Prosperity?

This article appeared in the Daily Record: 14/09/2018 [Executive Director of City Development, Mike Galloway, pictured outside the new V&A] “If Perth is the heart of Scotland then Dundee must be the armpit” said someone at a meeting I attended some years ago in Perth. Though I forcefully disagreed, the comments were reflecting disgust atContinue reading “Dundee: From Austerity to Prosperity?”

Working Your Way to Employment

This article appeared in the Daily Record: 18/08/2018 [Online], Available: https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/peoples-dignity-must-prioritised-scotland-13098281 [Accessed: 2018, Aug 18] “Applying for benefits is like voluntarily admitting yourself to a torture chamber,” said one young man who came to the foodbank I was running in Dundee a few years ago. His benefits had been sanctioned because he had not bought theContinue reading “Working Your Way to Employment”

Unearthing the Roots (Part Three)

Refining our Response to Poverty The voluntary sector is a wonderfully creative, innovative and hopeful sector and I am humbled to call it my natural habitat. I believe charities have the potential to take us from being the fire-fighters of crisis intervention to becoming the whistle-blowers for crisis prevention but only if we are determinedContinue reading “Unearthing the Roots (Part Three)”