Archive for May 8, 2012

The UK is the world’s six largest economy, yet 1 in 5 of the UK population live below our official poverty line, meaning that they experience life as a daily struggle.

So what exactly is poverty? Most agree that poverty must be understood in relation to typical living standards in society:

Individuals, families and groups in the population can be said to be in poverty when they lack the resources to obtain the types of diet, participate in the activities, and have the living conditions and amenities which are customary, or are at least widely encouraged and approved, in the societies in which they belong.

I think it is unacceptable that over 13 million people in the UK do not have enough to live on, and most do not have the power to speak out about what this feels like and why it is wrong. Therefore isn’t it the responsibility of those of us who do have enough to live on, to do something to help those in need…to take action!