Some issues are just so important that you need to give them your attention. Recently I spotted an article on the Joseph Rowntree Association (JRF) website which caught my attention about tackling poverty in the UK, but today this has been brought more keenly into focus by a report issued by the National Audit Office highlighting the failure of the benefit sanctions system in the UK. The failure of sanctions is not exactly surprising, but the affirmation through the NAO report highlights again the need to tackle poverty in the UK head on. It’s shameful that a developed nation such as the UK in the 21st century should even have an issue around poverty, so the work from the JRF recorded in their report – “We can solve poverty in the UK” – is worth a lot of attention. It’s my #longread for the week.