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111,225.  London: where the number of children living in poverty is the highest of anywhere in the UK.  Some of my earliest memories are struggles with money.  Professor Green, Living in Poverty, BBC 2017

 

111,226.  The number of kids in poverty is predicted to rise by a million in the next five years.  ibid. 

 

111,227.  One of the biggest problems facing families living in poverty is affordable housing.  ibid.  

 

111,228.  It’s about shame and embarrassment these kids are made to feel.  ibid.

 

111,229.  One of the problems that comes with child poverty is stress.  ibid.

 

111,230.  The number of poor kids in Britain has been rising not falling in recent years.  ibid.  

 

111,231.  130,000 kids having to spend Christmas in temporary accommodation.  ibid.

 

 

115,093.  That hunch, that there were many scroungers, has never gone away.  It motivated some extraordinary individuals over the next hundred years to try and crack the problem of the poor.  (Welfare & Poor & Poverty & Victorian)  Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop’s Victorian Benefits, BBC 2018

 

115,094.  Can history tell us whether poverty is an inevitable fact of life, a moral fault of individuals or a failure of our whole society?  (Welfare & Poor & Poverty & Victorian)  ibid.

 

115,095.  Jeremy Bentham – the godfather of Victorian rationalism.  (Welfare & Poor & Poverty & Victorian)  ibid.

 

115,096.  1834 Poor Law … This is the forbidden world of the workhouse.  (Welfare & Poor & Poverty & Victorian)  ibid.      

 

115,097.  Bosanquet’s big idea that to tackle poverty you need to do more than just dole out money – you have to intervene early with chaotic families.  (Welfare & Poor & Poverty & Victorian)  ibid.  

 

115,098.  ‘I’m undeserving, and I mean to go on being undeserving.’  (Welfare & Poor & Poverty & Victorian)  ibid.  My Fair Lady, Alfred Doolittle

 

 

117,709.  Are the wealthy just born in the right place at the right time?  Or are the poor victims of the system designed to keep them down.   Perhaps physics and biology determine who is rich and who is poor?  Many hoped to have erased the divide between the haves and the have nots, but what if Nature demands winners and losers in life?  Could poverty be genetic?  (Poverty & Wealth & Rich & Poor)  Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole s5e9: Is Poverty Genetic?  

 

 

119,036.  Good morning, Mr Blake, my name’s Amanda.  I’ve got a couple of questions here for you today to establish your eligibility for employment support allowance.  It won’t take up much of your time.  (Welfare & Social Security & Unemployment & Poverty)  I, Daniel Blake ***** 2016 starring Davd Johns & Hayley Squires & Dylan McKiernan & Briana Shann & Kate Rutter & Kema Sikazwe & Steven Richens & Gavin Webster et al, director Ken Loach, opening commentary

 

119,037.  We’re digital by default.  (Welfare & Social Security & Unemployment & Poverty)  ibid.  benefits bloke

 

119,038.  What’s wrong with you people?  (Welfare & Social Security & Unemployment & Poverty)  ibid.  Daniel

 

119,039.  I spoke to the landlord about it.  Because I complained he kicked me out.  (Welfare & Social Security & Unemployment & Poverty)  ibid.  Katie

 

119,040.  Dan, they will fuck you around.  I’m warning you.  Make you as miserable.  No accident.  That’s the plan.  I know dozens who have given up.  (Welfare & Social Security & Unemployment & Poverty)  ibid.  Friend

 

119,041.  When you lose your self respect you’re done for.  (Welfare & Social Security & Unemployment & Poverty)  ibid.  Daniel

 

119,042.  The State drove him to an early grave.  (Welfare & Social Security & Unemployment & Poverty)  ibid.  Katie  

 

 

122,099.  Dispatches reveals the startling emergence of baby banks … More than 100 baby banks have now appeared across the UK.  (Children & Poverty & Poor)  Dispatches: Born on the Breadline, Channel 4 2018  

 

 

132,089.  Splitting up, losing a job or paying for a funeral – just some of the things that mean families can struggle to afford life’s essentials: food, warmth and a place to call home.  (Poor & Poverty & Children)  Dispatches: Growing Up Poor: Britain’s Breadline Kids, Channel 4 2019

 

132,090.  These children speak for more than four million kids growing up in poverty.  (Poor & Poverty & Children)  ibid.

 

132,091.  2,000 food banks that have been set up in the UK in the last decade.  (Poor & Poverty & Children)  ibid.

 

 

122,366.  The government’s controversial new benefits system is in crisis.  Families left penniless have been driven to despair.  Tenants under pressure aren’t paying their rent and some face eviction.  (Welfare & Poverty)  Panorama: The Universal Credit Crisis, BBC 2018

 

122,367.  Vulnerable people struggling to cope now face an uncertain future.  (Welfare & Poverty)  ibid.

 

 

132,197.  For generations governments have sought to simplify the benefits system.  The latest attempt, universal credit – merging six benefits into one – was supposed make life better for claimants, many of them vulnerable, the least able to manage.  (Social Security & Poverty & Welfare & Poor)  Panorama: Universal Credit: One Year On, BBC 2019  

 

132,198.  Some seven million households are expected to be claiming.  (Social Security & Poverty & Welfare & Poor)  ibid.    

 

 

123,920.  The disintegration of these social bonds plunges individuals into deep psychological distress.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & United States & Capitalism)  Chris Hedges, lecture Sanctuary for Independent Media, New York 2018, ‘American Anomie’, Youtube 2.01.07

 

123,921.  Our corporate coup d’etat and failed democracy has freed the oligarchic elite from all legal and moral constraints.  (Society & Poverty & Elite & Democracy & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.    

 

123,922.  Mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence ... The electoral process is a facade.  (Society & Poverty & Election & Democracy & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

 

123,923.  A third of the American workforce earn less than $12 an hour and most of them do not have access to employer-sponsored health insurance.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

 

123,924.  Empires in decay, ravaged by widespread anomie, embrace an almost wilful suicide; blinded by their hubris and unable to face the reality of their diminishing power, they retreat into a fantasy world where hard and unpleasant facts no longer intrude.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Empire & United States of America & Capitalism & US Empire)  ibid.

 

123,925.  An aggressive criminalisation of the poor … The poor are thrown into prison and must forfeit all their property for being caught with small amounts of the same drugs.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism & Drugs)  ibid.

 

123,926.  The self-destructive pathologies that plague the United States: opioid addiction, morbid obesity, gambling, suicide, sexual sadism … hate groups and mass shootings, rise out of this anomie.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

      

123,927.  Capitalism: you don’t want this greed to dominate society.  (Society & Poverty & Democracy & Poor & United States & Capitalism)  ibid.

 

 

129,819.  Employment in the UK is at a record high.  Yet a third of people in work have less than £500 savings.  (Poverty & Poor)  Broke s1e1, BBC 2019

 

129,820.  Last year local radio stations up and down the country played adverts asking people to phone in if they were struggling to make ends meet despite having a job.  Calls came in from all over the UK.  (Poverty & Poor)  ibid.

 

129,821.  We followed nine families for a year as their financial futures hung in the balance.  Being broke is not the same as being broken.  (Poverty & Poor)  ibid.

 

129,822.  They’ve [father and son] been living in a couple of flimsy tents and recently moved into the woods at the back of a friend’s house.  But winter is coming.  (Poverty & Poor)  ibid.    

 

129,823.  Britain is one of the richest countries in the world yet millions of people still struggle to pay the bills.  (Poverty & Poor)  ibid.  

 

 

129,856.  Employment in the UK is at a record high.  But almost a million workers are on zero hours contracts with no formal job security.  (Poor & Poverty)  Broke s1e2

 

129,857.  ‘I’m just another player in the gig economy.  And mouth to mouth, month to month.’  (Poor & Poverty)  ibid.  dude

 

129,858.  Food banks: that number has risen to over 1.5 million.  (Poor & Poverty & Food)  ibid.

 

 

129,993.  ‘Things are definitely getting worse.  All the businesses is closing down … It’s empty, desolate land.’  (Poverty & Poor)  Broke s1e3: Just Make It Better, Kevin in car

 

129,994.  All across the UK people are working harder for longer and for less money.  (Poverty & Poor)  ibid.    

 

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