Child Poverty : An Increasing Number Of Families

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Child poverty in Britain affects an increasing number of families; the most recent statistics from 2014-2015 show that poverty affects 1 in 4 children in the UK today1. The cause of child poverty has many contributing factors and creates multiple issues for the individuals affected. Child poverty in Britain is much different than the television adverts that show the awful living conditions of children in third world countries, however still has devastating outcomes for those experiencing poverty. Our standard of living is much different and therefore we must compare poverty in Britain to the living standards that we are accustomed to in society today; this concept was introduced by sociologist Peter Townsend in 1979 who defined poverty as; ‘Individuals, families and groups in the population can be said to be in poverty when they lack resources to obtain the type of diet, participate in the activities and have the living conditions and amenities which are customary, or at least widely encouraged and approved, in the societies in which they belong.’ 2 Child poverty within Britain is the limited income which causes families to be unable to provide the essential resources needed to live at an adequate standard in relation to society. There are a number of reasons as to why a family lives in poverty, such as illness or disability. A person with a disability may be unable to find employment and therefore relies on financial support from the state however due to changes in the…

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