Posts filed under ‘Poverty’

Support Needed….

If you don’t know why I do this please read the About Lesley page….

The basis for this post it is a feature story on the BBC News website this week – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-15288865. I state up front that this is not a pop at the Americans but it is a follow-up to my last post on poverty. Please also read the Expert Analysis section of the story. Michael Petit has provided the information on the conditions and fiscal policies that have allowed this situation to come about, it is compelling reading.

For me, this is a difficult post. I struggle with cruelty and violence towards those who can’t defend themselves. There have been some cases over the years that remain with me and give me nightmares. I, perhaps selfishly, don’t often post on the topic but the facts need to be talked about. Poverty, poor education and a lack of support often leads to neglect and cruelty. There are many who raise their children well in difficult circumstances and make great sacrifices to do so. I applaud them.

This is the bald truth – in the last 10 years over 20,000 children in the US have been killed in their homes. Imagine a short, pain-filled life. No joy, no happiness. Imagine that just for one minute. The minute will tick by slowly. It is difficult to make yourself think of unpleasant things but sometimes you just should. This happens everywhere, in the UK, in the US and all other ‘developed’ countries. It isn’t right is it?

We need to provide support for struggling families. It is easy to give social workers, health visitors, charities, the caring professions a hard time. We see the cases in the news when they fail but we should remember all those cases where it works, there are no headlines when it works.

It is hard to be a parent but children should be a joy not a burden. Please think about donating to a charity that will help parents learn and children grow up. The alternative is too much to bear.

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.

Lesley

October 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm 2 comments

What is Poverty?

If you don’t know why I do this please read the About Lesley page….

This is a post that may divide people. I am prepared for that and will be interested in any comments you may make. You may label me as a woolly liberal, a softie if you will. This is probably true but I do believe that those who can work should, I don’t think society should take care of the idle. However, in a time of rising unemployment those who wish to work may not get the chance and I think we should remember this.

What prompts this post was the report this week by the Institute of Fiscal Studies. They have published a paper entitled ‘Child and Working Age Poverty and Inequality in UK: 2010’. I have read through this paper, the conclusions are at best thought-provoking, at worst scary. I suggest that everyone take a read through the Extended Summary of this document. Some of the forecasts will make depressing reading. They are forecasts and I know there is no absolute science to economic forecasting. The Government disagrees with the conclusions and responded that the report doesn’t take into account the impacts the Universal Credit and Work Programme will bring. We should also note that the calculation for a household dropping into povery is where the household income which falls below 60% of the median income. Statistics eh?

They say money can’t buy you love. They say money can’t buy you happiness. Both statements are true. However, money can bring you choices. One of the best Dicken’s quotes is by Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield – ‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.’

Living in poverty reduces or removes choice. When you spend every day trying to eke out your money for food, clothing, bills, all the time knowing you will never have quite enough, therein misery lies. Compounding this is the consumer-driven society we live in. Poverty in an affluent society means you will be surrounded by things you and your children cannot have.

Choice is easier for those of us who have some disposable income. It can be the choice to get chips instead of cooking or having that pair of shoes. We still have our budgets to stick to, we have our limits. But if we have major life choices to make we have the luxury to think about them. Be it taking time out, moving country, changing our lives completely, we can at least consider. You may not make the changes, you may postpone them, that will be your choice too.

What if your dream was simply to have a warm home with good meals for your children? It might be that you want your child to go on a day-trip with his or her schoolfriends. You only want your children to have the options that you don’t have. It is known from research that children who live in poverty can fall behind in school leaving them further disadvantaged. How do you see light at the end of the tunnel when you know this is the case?

What is my definition of poverty? Among all the facts and figures I think poverty is an absence of hope.

I close, as always, with this:-

  • Donate to a valid children’s charity of your choice.
  • Visit this blog and comment about your donation. Please also tell me what you wanted to be when you were 8. I still want to collect those tales and hope that some child will read about your words and deeds and want to do the same when they are old enough.

I will:-

  • Add your donation to the Totals page on this blog, totals are updated weekly.
  • I will also write some words about the current donations and the charity
  • Store all comments so that everyone can read them.

Thank you for reading.

Lesley

October 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm 6 comments

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