“Wherever we lift one soul from a life of poverty, we are defending human rights.
And whenever we fail in this mission,we are failing human rights.”
Kofi Annan United Nations Secretary-General
For a better life for millions of people living in poverty, vote out the vile Tory Party, Vote Labour.
In the UK there are 14 million people living in poverty including 4 million children
I hope to include an article about child poverty soon, but this time I am going to concentrate on poverty in the general population here in the UK
Keep in mind that the UK is the world’s 5th richest economy which makes the deliberate impoverishment of our citizens an appalling violation of human rights. Yes deliberate, as surely it is by intent.
You can read more on poverty and human rights in the document linked below from the United Nations Development Programme
Poverty Reduction and Human Rights
Poverty is a denial of human rights. Human rights refer to rights that are inherent to the
person and belong equally to all human beings.
Declaration of human rights articles associated with poverty:
Article 23: We all have the right to employment, to be free to choose our work, and to be paid a fair salary that allows us to live and support our family. Everyone who does the same work should have the right to equal pay, without discrimination. We have the right to come together and form trade union groups to defend our interests as workers.
Article 25: We all have the right to enough food, clothing, housing and healthcare for ourselves and our families. We should have access to support if we are out of work, ill, elderly, disabled, widowed, or can’t earn a living for reasons outside of our control. An expectant mother and her baby should both receive extra care and support. All children should have the same rights when they are born.
Below are reported instances of poverty here in the UK. These are only a few examples, there are many more including much that goes unreported of course – the vast majority in fact. I think that it is often difficult to grasp the enormity of the situation. We are told that 14 million people in our affluent country live in poverty but somehow our mind does not grasp extent of this situation as it is difficult to envision such a large number.
Also it has to be said that in addition to these 14 million there are many others who struggle to get by, maybe they barely pay the bills and put food on the table and after doing so there may be little left for anything else. For many it is a struggle to maintain their home, buy adequate clothing, participate in society, such as entertainment, or take a holiday. Often it may appear that a person is doing okay, they may have, a computer, a mobile phone and so on yet they cannot afford to repair the roof, fix damp or any other huge expenditure and as a result their lives can be miserable and their health may be compromised. It costs a few hundred pounds for a computer, and so on but to fix huge problems such as damp or to replace a roof can cost thousands of pounds and for many it will mean taking out a loan for which the payments are high. Older people may feel anxious to take the risk as they may lose their home if they cannot afford the repayments, while younger people may feel anxious about job security in order to make repayments. Many work long hours yet cannot afford a holiday or any additional expense beyond the basics, barely scrapping by. In many cases even with two adults working it can be a struggle and many people resort to food banks because of poor pay and high rents. Some people barely manage to pay their bills after which there is nothing left for food. Many people sit in a cold home with little or nothing to eat. Send their children to school without a coat and struggle simply for a basic standard of living.
It may surprise many that here in the UK people have died of starvation during the ten years of Tory cuts to benefits
Vulnerable man starved to death after benefits were cut
Diabetic David Clapson, 59, died with just £3.44 left in his account after his Jobseeker’s Allowance was axed because he missed an appointment
Just shocking, absolutely appalling.
If you deny that there is genuine poverty here in the UK check out the links below
I didn’t ask for my Illness, no one Does
Read about the struggle this unfortunate women has because of universal credit, a struggle for survival that many are facing in this the 5th richest country.
Living in poverty while politicians bicker over Brexit
Tory Britain: 94 per cent of food bank users are “destitute”
You should be horrified that children in Cambridge are living in poverty in 2019
The Channel 4 Dispatches programme on child poverty highlighted something we all knew to be true but which no one wants to think about
One of the wealthiest and most powerful countries has child poverty so severe that children are sleeping in their coats in the middle of winter because they cannot afford heating.
Nowhere is this more exemplified than in Cambridge.
The beautiful and historic city has led the way in scientific and technological developments worldwide for decades, if not centuries.
But this success is not shared by the poorest residents.
The programme, Growing Up Poor, the family from Cambridge must survive on just £5 a day after their mum escaped abuse seven months ago.
Cambridge is a wealthy city but many people do not benefit from this wealth it seems
Gap between rich and poor grows alongside rise in UK’s total wealth
Top 10% of households had 45% of national wealth in 2018, while the poorest 10th had just 2%
Britain’s total wealth grew by 13% in the two years to 2018 to reach a record £14.6tn, with wealth among the richest 10% of households increasing almost four times faster than those of the poorest 10%.
UK’s six richest people control as much wealth as poorest 13m – study
‘Extreme inequality is the story of Ferraris and food banks,’ says the Equality Trust
“This report should shock anyone who cares about the state of the UK today,” said Dr Wanda Wyporska, the executive director of the Equality Trust. “Such a huge gap between the very rich and the vast majority of the country is dangerous. Such extreme wealth in the hands of so few people demonstrates just how broken the economic system is.
4.1 million children are living in poverty in Britain – but we have the solution
“There are 4.1 million children living in poverty in Britain. The Child Poverty Action Group makes the telling point that this is nine children in a class of 30. Strip out the proportion of children at the most privileged and mostly private schools and the real poverty level for our kids in schools serving working-class families is substantially higher.”
Do the Tories really hate the poor?
The use of food banks is rising, homelessness is soaring and a quarter of children in the UK live in poverty. The Conservatives aren’t doing well to prove otherwise
There should now be no one living in poverty in our world, but here in the UK a wealthy country there should be no poor, there is no reason and no excuse. The Tories have increased poverty to an alarming degree with their policies of austerity which are focused on the most vulnerable in our society, including disabled people, the elderly and children, destroying lives of both young and old alike while giving tax concessions to the rich.
One of many cuts to benefits is the Two Child limit.
Two-child benefit limit will push thousands into deeper poverty, MPs warn Boris Johnson
“Legislated for by David Cameron’s government and implemented in April 2017, the restriction means child allowance under the universal credit and tax credit systems is not paid for a third or subsequent children in a family.
“According to official figures, around 160,000 households have been affected by the two-child restriction that was introduced to drastically cut the welfare budget under austerity measures.”
Tories should bear the shame that child poverty in Britain is the new normal
Child poverty “is as shameful as it gets. Children scavenging in bins to eat discarded apple cores for breakfast. Headteachers finding their primary school pupils sleeping rough on a mattress with their parents after being evicted. Forget a few extreme cases, in many areas growing up in poverty is not the exception – it’s the rule.
The government’s own analysis shows the scale of this: since austerity was rolled out at the start of the decade, half a million more children in this country are living lives blighted by poverty.
On December 12th Remember those living in poverty and destitution and VOTE LABOUR, for a better life for everyone