Hello, we are Z2K
We believe that no individual in the UK should be living in poverty and that adequate, stable income and housing are key to creating a more equal society where everyone has the chance of a stable and dignified life.
The unseen crisis
No one chooses to live in poverty, yet 1 in 4 people now do so in the UK. For those we help, poverty means not being able to pay their rent, bills and even sometimes food. They face insecurity and uncertainty, and many are locked in a daily struggle to make enough money to survive. It doesn’t need to be this way.
Z2K works with Londoners experiencing complex benefits and/or housing issues that are causing financial hardship and crisis. We use evidence from this to influence policy and system change at a national level.
* since making this video, poverty rates have increased to 14.5 million; 4.3 million of which are children [UK Parliament, 2021].
Issues we help with
“I am now able to rely on a more stable income stream thanks to Z2K.”
Our impact in 2020
Every one of our volunteers, staff and supporters is vital to our success at enabling people to move out of poverty. Find out how you can get involved.
"Without Z2K I don’t know where my family and I would be sleeping right now"
Latest news, blogs & updates
Last Saturday, I was privileged to attend a memorial service for Z2K’s founder – the Reverend Paul Nicolson. It was a deeply moving occasion, with wonderful stories of Paul’s life from his children and tributes from colleagues in the many campaigns he was involved in. My kids will testify I’m not much of a singer, but even I got swept up in the rousing rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic – aka “Mine eyes have seen the glory”. Thankfully, the congregation of Tottenham’s St Paul the Apostle church was on hand to sing it the way it’s meant to be sung!
For years, the Government has had reams of evidence handed to them showing not only why the disability benefits assessments processes are simply not working – but also how they’re actively harming people. For too many who apply for health and disability benefits, they are met with barriers, hostility, and stigma, and are denied the income they’re entitled to.
National Pro Bono Week: “pro bono support can help people effectively to put forward their case when dealing with a system that is slow, bureaucratic, and often unforgiving.”
£23.70 a week is the amount awarded at the Standard Rate of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (“PIP”), the benefit that helps people living with long term health conditions or disabilities. For Sarah*, a client referred by Z2K, that £23.70 a week was life changing.