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Almost A Quarter Of People In Wales (23 Per Cent) Are Currently Living In Poverty

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This article is about Wales but I am sure it applies to many of the UK regions.

WORKING households are more likely to be living in poverty than those whose only income is benefits, a study has claimed.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation found in-work poverty was increasing and that Wales had the highest proportion of households on a low income in Britain.

Read more: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Working-households-likely-poverty/story-19816153-detail/story.html

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Sure there is massive and growing equality in the west, but I sometimes wonder if the western banks skimming profits from third world countries keep them in poverty and the west in plenty. After all it is the USD, GBP and EUR, the financial cartel backed by the force of the US army that keep the west rich and the east poor.

I think the equality trend is unstoppable as those in charge of making the decisions are benefiting from the inequality. There will be a tipping point reached and those at the top will be hunted down and killed with help from other nations who have a vested interest in seeing certain characters in the west fail (Russia, China, Iran, Iraq etc.)

This is the reason the government are so paranoid, they are not worried about terrorists attacking us, but terrorists attacking them and social uprisings,

Just imagine the damage that could have been done if the London riots were actively encouraged and funded by external vested interests. (see Hitler, WW2 and Natzis for reference)

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I sometimes wonder if the cause of poverty in the western world is the state.

We had plenty of poverty in the 1800s with a state that would be regarded as freakishly minimal today.

Perhaps put it like this:

The best way that the State can alleviate poverty is by making sure that the basics of life (Housing, energy, food, transport, healthcare and education) are both cheap and readily available. How to achieve this is a matter for debate. If this is true achieved then you are also pretty much guaranteeing that work will pay.

The problem is that for the last few decades, we've abandoned this approach in favour of trying to alleviate poverty through transfer payments (i.e. benefits and tax credits), whilst allowing the prices of basics like housing, energy and transport to escalate. The endgame of this process is that working becomes unaffordable for many.

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This article is about Wales but I am sure it applies to many of the UK regions.

Read more: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Working-households-likely-poverty/story-19816153-detail/story.html

As fuel costs/transport and other costs just to get to work have gone up far faster than wages for many people now the choice is poverty in a job where you are bullied and treat very badly indeed,or poverty at home where you can save money by having all that spare time to keep an allotment,grow some food,do some cash in hand work etc etc.

The gap now is so small between wages and benefits for many people the extra costs of work and the loss of freedom don't add up.I would think perhaps this is still creeping over more and more areas.

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