A key aspect of evaluating poverty must surely relate to the ability to provide a home or accommodation of some sort, to eat wholesome and nutritious food, to clothe the family and at least on some level, participate in society.
It can manifest itself in simple ways, like the inability to switch on your heating or to prevent your children from attending birthday parties or school events due to the cost. The above seems so simple, reasonable and undemanding yet remains an unrealistic prospect for many people who continue to struggle in life for the basics – and struggle is the word.
I speak to so many individuals who have simply ’run out of road‘ on finances, stressing over whether to pay the rent, utilities or food but not having enough to cover all of them.
Life ends up being a constant worry about the necessity to make hard and difficult choices.
It can be tempting to blame people for their circumstances; the result of laziness, indifference or a history of poor choices, but the vast majority of cases I come across are about people in situations that would have been difficult for anyone to avoid.