1. Section B: Social issues in the uk. Study Theme 2: Wealth and Health in the UK. Assessment. Periodically homework tasks will require you to complete research, write reports or complete essays.
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Not getting basic human needs met, like food and shelter.
Is a comparison between individuals in society and what is considered ‘normal’. Eg. Having a TV
Absolute poverty fell in the 90s, but up recently, relative poverty fell near continuously but by fewer points
Couple households and those without children remain the least likely to be in poverty
At least one out of every six children in the UK lives in relative poverty, according to data released by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of JRF, said: “This research shows millions of people are moving in and out of work but rarely out of poverty. Hard work is not working. We have a labour market that lacks pay and protection, with jobs offering precious little security and paltry wages that are insufficient to make ends meet.
Peter Kenway, Director at NPI and an author of the report, said:
“Poorer members of society are under more pressure than at any time since the birth of the welfare state. The value of the safety net for working age adults is now sinking steadily. The support on offer to people who fall on hard times is increasingly threadbare, with benefit levels on a downward spiral. A strong safety net to catch those who fall is vital for social mobility – millions are saved by it every year even now – yet no leading politician will defend it.”
A central theme of the report is the profound, lifelong negative impact that being born poor, and into a disadvantaged social class, has on a child. These inequalities accumulate over the life cycle, the report concludes. Social class has a big impact on children\'s school readiness at the age of three, but continues to drag children back through school and beyond.
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Today, the five richest families in the UK are wealthier than the bottom 20 per cent of the entire population. That’s just five households with more money than 12.6 million people – almost the same as the number of people living below the poverty line in the UK.
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