There are many definitions of poverty. For example, it can be relative, absolute, or subjective, even extreme. Poverty has been linked to at least three key indicators: income, access to basic services, and social exclusion. Tackling poverty requires a a multidimensional approach.
To counter poverty, foodbanks have become a necessary community service, supporting adults, seniors, children and families to meet their very basic needs in times of hardship. Listen to this Social Bites Podcast with Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite and learn about her research into foodbanks in the UK. As she explains, misconceptions related to why and how people access foodbanks can be really problematic.
Help with terms and concepts:
- Open Sociology Dictionary: Poverty, Inequality, Global Inequality and the ‘Myth of Meritocracy’
- Global Social Theory: Food Security and Food Sovereignty.
- In 2018, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released a damning report on the state of poverty in the United Kingdom. Check out this powerful excerpt below, and click here to read more:
The experience of the United Kingdom, especially since 2010, underscores the conclusion that poverty is a political choice. Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so. Resources were available to the Treasury at the last budget that could have transformed the situation of millions of people living in poverty, but the political choice was made to fund tax cuts for the wealthy instead.
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