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The silent increase of poverty in the UK

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The silent increase of poverty in the UK

Nelson Mandela once said ‘poverty is not an accident, like slavery and apartheid it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings’, but even now poverty is on the rise. Never fading and never faltering, only growing larger and stronger in its weight and grasp that it holds over the 14.3 million people in the UK. But what’s being done to counter it? Currently. Nothing. The media and our own government are far too focused on other issues, from the coronavirus to Harry and Meghan, and while I agree that covid-19 is a pandemic that should be dealt with accordingly and with serious countermeasures, do we really need to be fed with worries and fears of it every day, of every week, of every month? And the same goes for the sussexes, sure it’s a new venture for the royal family, and something that the public have not seen before but even so Harry and Meghan are still able to live life in luxury and wealth, but the same cannot be said for a large portion of the British population.

Poverty can affect everybody, no matter age, gender or ethnicity. 4.6 million Of those in poverty are children, and 1.3 million are pensioners. Poverty rates fell in the years after 2010 and are now showing clear signs of rising again. Just under half (49%) of those in poverty live in persistent poverty (people who have fallen below the poverty line in the last 2-3 years). That means that around 7.15 million have been in poverty for almost 3 years. And there is not enough being done to try and help those in need. Some people are living without basic access to food and water, without shelter, and without family. Most people don’t even think about those in poverty, we are too busy caught up in our own problems that seem so inconsequential in comparison to the problems that those worse off experience on a daily basis.

Of course I don’t underestimate what the government has already done concerning this issue. They have been working with the voluntary, public and private sectors to deal more effectively with complex problems. Have Helped people recover and become independent if things have gone wrong, and other initiatives covered in the policy paper on GOV.UK titled ‘2010 to 2015 government policy: poverty and social justice’. However recently the news has been veering off the topic completely, distracted with Brexit and other issues that affect mainly business owners, a very small population of our country.

So what can be done to help fight off poverty? Well the answer is simple, and was already mentioned in the beginning of this article.

‘Poverty can be removed by the actions of human beings’

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