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What is poverty? And does it define us?

I had to reblog this, as it speaks to me with avoice from my childhood, where destitution could be one payslip away.
I remember, as a child, knowing that there was nothing to spare, where clothes from charities, and jumble sales, were the norm for us all. Where Mum scrimped and saved for necessities, and forget about luxuries – and where she often went without food for herself, to make sure that we children had at least one hot meal a day, even if it meant she didn’t eat it herself – and this was a household where my Dad worked all the hours he could to make ends meet!

This post, along with so many others I’ve been reading recently, are an inditement against the recent changes made both by New Labour, and the Conservatives, in the way in which they treat those people reduced to a state of poverty, through their deliberate, neoliberal, policies 😦

The poor side of life

This is a question that I get asked often. People ask me if I can define it. In reality its very difficult to define. There are three definitions of poverty in common usage, those being absolute poverty, relative poverty and social exclusion.

Absolute poverty defined as having the lack of sufficient resources with which to meet basic needs. Relative poverty defines income or resources in relation to the average income. But how does poverty define us?

According to the Joseph Rowntree foundation there are more than a million people living in poverty in the UK. I’m sure that figure is lower than the actual figure due to the level of people finding themselves without work etc rising everyday. They say that 184,5000 households have experienced a level of poverty that has left them with no choice but to resort to charities for essential things and shelter. The Joseph Rowntree foundation…

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