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
After an incredible two years at Z2K, this week is my last. One thing that has become resoundingly clear through my time here, is how vital on-the-ground front-line and lived experience evidence is in rebutting the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) often unfounded claims of its good practice and improvement.
24 July 2019 was quite some time ago. Boris Johnson had just been voted in by Conservative Party members as Prime Minister. Lil Nas X had just broken the record for weeks at number 1 in the charts with the smash-hit Old Town Road. And if anyone were to mask up on public transport, you might have thought them eccentric, to say the least. But for Marsha, a Z2K client, that was when she became one of the hundreds of thousands of ‘losers’ from the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) transition from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
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!