Low Wages Still Main Reason For Poverty In UK

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posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 10:45 PM
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A study by the Rowntree Foundation on the sources of poverty over the last hundred years has shown that low wages remain the main cause of poverty in the UK. It also declares the main barrier for people escaping poverty has become more dependent on where they live than any other issue.

news.bbc.co.uk...

The fact that low wages were the main cause of poverty in 1899 and remain so today says a lot in itself.

The report also states that most progress is made in fighting poverty when both the cause and consequences are tackled. That to me is a pretty much self evident truth that applies to more than just poverty. Crime and terrorism to name a couple can only be truly beaten when the root causes are fought, and one of the main root causes of both is poverty. Fighting the root causes is largely (deliberately) overlooked by politicians and the public alike because that option is simply too expensive and is seen as too "hard".


Anyway,

I thought this study would be food for thought for the minimum wage decriers. So, what say you?




posted on Dec, 13 2004 @ 11:58 PM
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poverty is not a natural phenomenon, it is manufactured by the capitalist class (which happens to be the ruling class of our time) as a necessity to facilitate continued and ever expanding profits. Poverty can be easily eliminated if people were ever put before profits in our society, but that is impossible as long as capitalism and therefore the capitalist class is the main institution of our society.





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