Saturday, August 01, 2015

What is UK Poverty?

I hear a lot about so call Poverty in the UK especially from the Left Wing and those who earn their money telling us they look after the poor for example the Church of England and Food Banks. Here is the criteria for so called Poverty in the UK

"Poverty is defined relative to the standards of living in a society at a specific time. People live in poverty when they are denied an income sufficient for their material needs and when these circumstances exclude them from taking part in activities which are an accepted part of daily life in that society."
Scottish Poverty Information Unit

the UN in 2000, was to halve the global proportion of absolutely poor people by 2015. At the time the target was announced, the definition of an absolutely poor person was anyone living on an income of less than $1 a day. That criterion has been nudged upwards, in response to new data about prices and purchasing power, to $1.25.

One of the points is that if you are “ exclude them from taking part in activities which are an accepted part of daily life in that society” 

NOW WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Does it mean everyone should have A TV,Computer, Car, Smoke, go down the Pub, have foreign holidays, have regular Take aways? Yet the UN says as absolute poor person is someone who is on an income of less then $1.25 (under £1) a day. The only group I would therefore call poor are the homeless who live on the streets and this one group of people I am prepared to donate to.

Apart from this section of the UK there is no real poor here. Yes there is people who are hard up and need to watch their pennies I have no doubt of that but to call them poor is an insult to them and the word poor is now used as a political ruse.

As I have said there are people who are hard up but more importantly there are sections of our community who do not know how to manage their lives and this where we should be putting our resources. The benefit system in this country brought in mainly by the Blair Government has made a section of the Community totally dependant on Tax Payers handouts who do not have the ability to manage their finances and households. If I believed in conspiracies I would think this was done just gain votes for Labour.

Like Food Banks (another con) I think Benefits should have checks and balances. I challenge those who continue to say there is poverty to come up with 20 families who they consider are in poverty. These families will be expected to produce all their income and then their essential expenses Rent (this will be paid for by Housing Benefit) Council Tax (majority paid for by the council) Electric, Gas, Water, TV License, food and basic clothing. It will not include luxuries. Some of you say this is a bit much but 35 years I brought up a family of 3 on a wage which in comparison was less then those on benefit today and then the only benefit I got from the state was a little bit of Child Benefit. It was called living within your means unlike today where Leftwing Politicians tell you it is your right to live beyond your means 

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