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].

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Issues we help with

“I am now able to rely on a more stable income stream thanks to Z2K.”

Our impact in 2020

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cases opened for 1085 clients
£ 2000000
FINANCIAL BENEFIT TO OUR CLIENTS​
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SUCCESS RATE FOR 213 TRIBUNALS​

Support us

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"

Our campaigns

Using evidence from our casework to campaign for change nationally
See our campaigns

Our policy work

Bridging the gap between clients and policy makers
See our policy work

Latest news, blogs & updates

Staying true to the mission of our founder Reverend Paul Nicolson

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!

The Government has the evidence, they are choosing not to listen.

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.