UN rapporteur starts UK tour to examine impact of austerity

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Philip Alston to meet MPs and families in hardship before publishing interim report

A United Nations special investigator is launching a two-week inquiry into rising levels of poverty and hardship across the UK, saying he hopes the government is ready for proper dialogue over the human consequences of austerity cuts.

Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, is to embark on a tour of some of the UK’s poorest town and cities on Monday, visiting food banks and community groups and meeting MPs, government officials, academics and families in hardship.

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