What is poverty?

#1
Slightly surprised with a recent poll which suggests that one in three British children live 'in poverty'. Does anyone know what the criteria is for being impoverished in the UK?

I've seen poverty around the world, and nothing I've seen in the UK comes remotely close
 
#2
It's related to income in relation to the national average income. Relative poverty is the preferred term. My definition of poverty is sharing one room between two or more families with no furniture, toys etc, the occupants dressed in rags, barefoot wondering where their next meal is coming from and how to scrape the money together to buy bread.

When I was growing up, my definition of poverty was not owning your own horse! :lol:
 

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#3
Poverty is having an income below a certain level. However many children are in poverty due to their parent(s) spending their benefits inappropriately. :twisted:
Funny according to government figures I am living below the poverty line, so why are they taking tax from me? :twisted:
 
#4
thingy said:
It's related to income in relation to the national average income. Relative poverty is the preferred term. My definition of poverty is sharing one room between two or more families with no furniture, toys etc, the occupants dressed in rags, barefoot wondering where their next meal is coming from and how to scrape the money together to buy bread.

When I was growing up, my definition of poverty was not owning your own horse! :lol:
Yeah, I guess people's expectations are different. But in certain parts of the world, where the poor are wretchedly poor, they just seem to be so much tougher and more resourceful because they have no other option. They make the best of what they have and get by.

While I have no problem with the welfare state, I think that there are so many in this country who ride it like a cheerleader and have the audacity to moan that they are not getting enough. I know people like this, unfortunately
 
#6
Poverty is not being able to afford that new Lexus. Not being able to afford a trip to the States for four months. Yeh sure!!

Slumdog Millionaire the movie that gives that feelgood feeling what a load of shite!!!! I thought to myself people are living like that daily scrounging on landfill sites. I came away disgusted!!!
 
#9
Living in a house freezing because you cant pay bills sleeping with overcoats on the bed in winter and rugs .Thats poverty and having nowt
 
#10
Les that was normal in the fifties, did we call it poverty? No it was just the way of life for the majority of the working class. Benefits in those days hardly existed so everyone had to work or starve.
 
#18
Poverty is all about perception... :D

… "Oooooh, we used to dream of living in a corridor. It would have been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish [heap]. We got woken up every morning to having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us. House? Uh!"
"Oh, when I said house I meant a hole in the ground covered by a piece of twig. It was a house to us."
"We were evicted from our hole in the ground. We had to go and live in the lake!"
"You were lucky to have a lake! There were a hundred and fifty of us living in a small shoebox in the middle of the road."
"Cardboard box?" …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo
 
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