Rev Paul Nicolson

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Rev Paul Nicolson founded the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) in response to the poll tax in 1997. He raised the funds in 1968 to commission the Family Budget Unit to research the minimum income standards used by UNISON and London Citizens to persuade Ken Livingston, Mayor of London, to launch the living wage for London in 2004. Z2K now serves up to 2000 Londoners a year who are tangled in the benefit system and related debts. In 2012 he founded Taxpayers Against Poverty (TAP) as a campaigning organisation focusing on the impact on the unemployed of capped and cut benefits, which are also required to pay rent and council tax since 2013, and committed to working for an adequate income and an affordable home for every UK citizen. TAP now has 20,200 followers on Facebook. He was given “The Best Non-academic Award” by the Social Policy Association in 2015.

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