Poverty in the UK, 2008
Posted: 10 Sep 2008 @ 00:00
To coincide with the launch of the Get Fair anti-poverty coalition, Rebecca Paveley talks to people suffering from everyday hardship
WHAT does it mean to be poor in the UK today? For many of us, the Victorian notion of poverty may still persist in our minds: ragged, barefoot children, malnourished, overworked parents, and slum housing. Yet in 21st-century Britain it is possible to be in poverty and own a mobile phone.
Poverty is a relative concept, explains Chris Goulden of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Where once it was measured on the basic principle of the “basket of goods”, the official poverty ...
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