“The world’s billionaires did extremely well during the coronavirus pandemic, growing their already-huge fortunes to a record high of $10.2tn (£7.8tn),” reports yesterday’s The Guardian newspaper .
“A report by Swiss bank UBS found that billionaires increased their wealth by more than a quarter (27.5%) at the height of the crisis from April to July, just as millions of people around the world lost their jobs or were struggling to get by on government schemes.”
The housing charity Shelter reports that at least 320,000 people are recorded as homeless in the UK.
This shocking figure is a greater number of people than the population of cities like Nottingham, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Sunderland, Southampton or Norwich.
Shelter reports that this is a 4% increase on the homeless figures for last year; a rise of 13,000 people., or 36 new people becoming homeless every single day.
At a time when more than seven-and-a-half million people and more than two-and-a-half million families live below the official poverty line Catholics in Italy organise sympathetic farmers and bakers to produce bread for the people. This video, from several years ago when their action first started, shows them distributing bread to needy shoppers at one-third of the price of the supermarket chains.