• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'As Society Has Become More Prosperous, Poverty Has Effectively Disappeared' Discuss

Extracts from this document...


Student number: Essay Title: Total word count: plagiarism declaration: I certify that I have read and understood the rules and regulations of the LSE regarding assessment procedures and formally declare that all work contained within this document, with the exception of attributed references, is my own. Signature: ................................................. Date: ........................ ESSAY FOR NISRINE MANSOUR-SA101 200301327 'AS SOCIETY HAS BECOME MORE PROSPEROUS, POVERTY HAS EFFECTIVELY DISAPPEARED' DISCUSS In recent years growth of the UK economy has been dramatic as even minute increases in a country's growth rate can result in remarkable changes in living standards over just one generation. The average family can now expect, cars, technologically advanced entertainment, further education for its children and a longer life than ever. Has the less fortunate been left behind as the rest of society has prospered. Recent economic research has found both positive and negative relationships between growth and inequality not just in the UK but also throughout the world. There is no questioning that the UK as a whole has become more prosperous. The British economy has experienced 9 years of economic growth since the last recession ended in 1992. Since 1996 the level of real national output has grown in excess of 2% per year leading to a rise in total GDP and average living standards (Begg 2003). Growth in the 4th quarter of 2004 increased by 0.7% and the level of GDP was 2.9% higher than the same quarter for 20031. ...read more.


There was little evidence to show that these high rates of poverty had been declining during the 1980's and poverty in the UK is much less of a novelty than in contrast to countries such as Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands as social insurance benefits in the UK have during the post-war period been set at a relatively low level. In consequence, a significant proportion of the population has been dependent on social assistance, the nearest thing that exists to an 'official' definition of poverty. This has helped to ensure that poverty has remained an issue in public debate for most of this period. However it should be noted that after the completion of the Single Market, with increased employment and free trade the UK managed to keep its poverty rates below the average of the 12 countries. Yet this is not to say that poverty does not exist. Far from diminishing, a position of polarisation in the UK has continued to develop throughout the 80's and 90's. According to Townsend, between 1979-1990 there was a loss of purchasing power, which particularly affected the poorest 20% of the population. As the poor become poorer, according to Townsend, the rich are becoming richer at a rapid rate.2 In many different ways, the quality of the forms of citizenship available to the least prosperous sections of society was determined by their capacity to participate in the relevant structures of activity.3 Charles Murray spoke of the underclass and in doing this he focused on 3 symptoms: crime; illegitimacy, and economic activity among working-aged men. ...read more.


conditions experienced by the poorest in their own countries in the belief that they have food enough and access enough to a variety of modern facilities. At the same time they respond sympathetically to reports and pictures of Sub-Saharan Africa etc. People who react in this way ignore common international causes of impoverished conditions in the two places. I have proved that although the UK has become more prosperous, Poverty still effectively exists. The key difference is the shift from Absolute Poverty to Relative Poverty and the fact that the gap in income inequality between the rich and the poor is ever growing. Although the UK was used as a basis for my paper, it is important to realise that absolute poverty still exists on the world scale. In 3rd world countries many millions are still living at standards, which can only be described as those of utter destitution. Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world where the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has continued to grow for 20 years. (United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)). The rate of absolute poverty - people living on one dollar a day or less - in Sub-Saharan Africa is nearing 50 percent. "While between 1981 and 2001 the number of people living in absolute poverty fell worldwide from 40 percent to 21 percent of the total population, in Sub-Saharan Africa it increased from 42 percent to 47 percent," (UNIDO Director-General Carlos Magarinos). ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charities, Poverty and Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charities, Poverty and Development essays

  1. This essay outlines, contrasts and critically discusses two definitions of poverty, namely absolute and ...

    It is these terms that are widely used by groups political and social to define the realms of poverty but what are they? The use of the term poverty in any form has negative connotations and brings forward the use of words such as hardship, deprivation and struggle.

  2. Homelessness in U.K.

    them usually tend to sell the "Big Issue" a magazine provided by the charity for homeless.

  1. Wealth and poverty essay

    Surah 2:275. You should not borrow something or lend something out at a bigger cost, making an interest. 'O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling. . . . Are an abomination. 'Surah 5; 93. The believer, i.e. the Muslim should not gamble nor drink alcohol.

  2. The Relation Between Consumerism and Poverty

    These people are essentially avoiding blame. An asocial point of view would be to day that poverty is a legal status, or having a low income or what economists say it is.

  1. Religion and Society coursework

    This is forbidden in Islam; "nor commit fornication or adultery; and whoever does this, not only meets punishments but also the penalty on the Day of Judgement will be doubled to him and he will dwell therein in ignominy" (Al-Furqan: 25)

  2. Wealth and Poverty

    Each year during Lent and October, CAFOD holds sponsored fast. When church congregation and individuals are encouraged to go without food for a day and to give the raised money to CAFOD projects. Apart from raising money, it provides experience of hunger and so gives us an insight into the experience of others.

  1. RE poverty

    Christians are taught that they are responsible for, not only themselves and their communities, but also anyone who comes for or is in need of help. This is not only shown in the 'Good Samaritan', where those with supposedly nothing in common, and even many boundaries of race and social

  2. Global inequality letter

    We developed countries for our own benefit, not theirs. Examples of this are that railway systems were built in places like India so that the trading of cash crops can be done easily with surrounding countries. This is an example of the negative effects of colonialism. We are responsible for this because we have forced countries into a trade cycle and they can't get out.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work