Poverty in the United Kingdom

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Poverty in the United Kingdom

Although poverty in the United Kingdom is still a relevant topic in today's world, it has been an ongoing struggle for hundreds of years. The UK saw its first major poverty problem in the late 16th century due to increases in population and the prices of goods. Situations like these never really left the country no matter what next event occurred. Postwar United Kingdom was another time of geat poverty as the country needed fund to rebuild just about everthing. Steady progress was made until poverty level significatnly rose again from 1975 to 1985. Then in 1979, poverty levels doubled. Since then, the United Kingdom hasn't seen another major increase in poverty levels and have actually seen the levels bgein to steadily decrease. Although there has been improvement, there are also still many people affected by poverty levels.

"Poverty is the worst form of violence."-Mahatma Gandhi

In this situation, the problem is not what the governemt has done, it's what the government hasn't done. The governent has been lacking in support of those who are in poverty. Despite this, there are many ideas and ways that the UK can decrease the number of people living below the poverty line such as: helping the unemployed become employed, provide child care training, increase the minimum wage to ensure that those who are working are not being paid below the poverty line, and break the link between the poor and uneducated by providing high quality education available to everyone. Hopefully these ideas will soon be implement to help improve the lives of those in poverty.

The United Kingdom has an ongoing problem of citizens living blelow the poverty line. There were 3.7 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2013-14,that's 28 percent of children. The UK is the world's sixth largest economy; yet 1 in 5 of the UK population live below the official poverty lines, meaning that they experience life as a daily struggle. About 19.3 million people had a disposable income of below 60% of the national median at some point during the last four-year period. Although the UK is an advanced country, it has seen little improvement. (Measurement of poverty in the UK is at 60 per cent of the median UK household income. In other words, if a household’s income is less than 60 per cent of this average, they are considered to be living in poverty.)

Poverty in the United Kingdom


Sources:- http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-33266799- http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/tudors/poverty_01.shtml- http://policy-practice.oxfam.org.uk/our-work/poverty-in-the-uk


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