Seven areas of the UK are poorer than anywhere in France or Germany and some areas of Britain are now poorer than Poland, Lithuania and Hungary
Poverty and social exclusion are rising in Britain – and Brits are now more likely than the average European to be at risk of either. New statistics show that 24% of Britain is at risk of poverty – putting us way behind leaders such as France and the Netherlands. The figures also show that an alarming 31% of children in this country are at risk from poverty – compared to around half that rate in Finland, Denmark and Sweden. Read More Even more worrying, some British regions are at extreme risk – listed among the five poorest areas in Western Europe. UK regions among the poorest in Europe
This comes as no surprise. Under the coalition government social progress has been set back decades. The welfare system is well on the road to destruction as is the free NHS. People are poor not only as a result of rising prices, unemployment and low wages but also as a result of the vicious welfare reforms which have left people with less income, and in some cases no income at all and seen the introduction of exploitative schemes such as workfare and benefit sanctions.
One of the most severely effected groups are young unemployed people between the ages of 18 to 25.
The under-24s are bearing the brunt of a punitive new system that stops payments without warning
Thousands of young people have been forced to go without food or other essentials after their benefits were wrongly stopped under a “draconian” new sanctions regime, research suggests.
Poverty in the UK has seen the rapid rise of food banks, housing insecurity, homelessness and despair not seen previous to world war two. The fact that few challenge this disgusting state of affairs is appalling in the extreme. The pathetic acceptance of Nazi style Tory propaganda, such as the scrounger rhetoric concerning benefit claimants, is outrageous and shameful
In the above statistics researchers factored in what would happen if a household was faced with a sudden unexpected expense, at which point more than 40% risked poverty. This is the crux of the matter while some, though increasingly few – I mean who can live on nothing – struggle on the meagre incomes provided by greedy employers and begrudging benefits doled out by the government in what remains of the welfare system when something major comes along you know you are poor. For instance if your roof needs fixing or your boiler needs replacing. On the low earnings and miniscule benefits how the hell does anyone find over £3000 for a boiler – nearly half of the annual income of a single pensioner? How the hell does anyone on £72.40 per week job seekers – or £57.35 if under 24 or £72 for a lone parent over 18 – afford to live never mind repair their home, pay their mortgage/rent or replace an essential such as a boiler? A couple over eighteen get only £113.70 JSA per week and a single pensioner on a basic pension gets £113.10 per week, how on earth can these people survive on such a puny amount, how can they be expected to pay rent, council tax, food, clothing, heating and repairs? Of course we are one of the poorest EU nations.
As the divide between rich and poor opens into an ever more widening gap things can only get worse. According to the Huffington Post article Britain as a whole has an average income of £23,300 – ahead of the EU average of £20,750. However, this figure is massively distorted by incomes in Central London, where the average person is on a staggering £71,000 a year. Not mentioned in the article but should be considered, British pensioners on a basic state pension have about £7,000 a year to live on. Averages are very deceptive and the above shows the huge disproportion of wealth here in the UK.
‘No other European country would tolerate such a gap between its rich and poor regions’ ‘To allow so many parts of the country to fall behind not only London, but most of Europe, is shocking. We’ve got to take more action to have balanced prosperity. ‘The challenge of the next few years is to help these parts of the country that have been left neglected.’ ‘It is shocking to think parts of Britain are now poorer than Poland and other areas of Eastern Europe. ‘When you start to take into account the prices people are having to pay in these areas – especially after seeing their incomes squeezed for years now – the contrast with Europe is even more stark.’
Chris Leslie, Shadow Treasury Minister
So why the hell are we tolerating this deplorable state of affairs? I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of hearing the phrase heard “working people”. Yes people work hard all right, bloody hard in fact, long hours for low wages but little financial reward it seems. People in the twenty-first century should no longer be wasting their precious lives slaving away on subsistence wages for huge swaths of their time. It has been estimated that no one need work more than fifteen hours each week. After all with the arrival of automation and so many people to do all the necessary work there should be more leisure time. But this will never happen while we cling to the currupt immoral and unfair capitalist system of greed and exploitation of the many by the few.
When are we going to say enough is enough? When you find that when you retire you have no pension; when you are sick and thrown out onto the streets to starve because the welfare system exists no more or when you die of a curable or preventable disease because you cannot afford medical care as millions do worldwide. But by than it may be too late, the progress of the last sixty years will be gone for good, destroyed by the over privileged in our society who are driven by an insatiable and pathological greed who think they are better than the rest of us and deserve more for, in many cases, doing significantly less.
More Information and related issues
Top Tory lord Norman Tebbit admits hard-up food bank families are wrongly being denied benefits http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-tory-lord-norman-tebbit-3597647#ixzz32iqVuev3
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