As noted above we have 900 families in emergency accommodation. Add in the up to 200 street sleepers to make 1100 families.rfurlong wrote:What's happening here is that large swathes of people are coming off the live register or progressing in their careers and growing wealthier. As this happens, the relative gap between the haves and have nots is naturally increasing.
What the poverty industry wants us to believe is that individuals and families who are left on the live register (or whose earnings haven't improved because of a lack of skills in their possession) are somehow DEPRIVED because others are doing better RELATIVE to them.
'Relative poverty' being used in the same sentence as 'deprivation' is a cynical calculated mistruth being perpetrated by the hard left and other ideologues.
Of course we could be doing better as a nation (even though we have an incredibly generous SW system), but you'd swear we were living in Burundi if you listen to the professional whingers out there.
There are 1.5m households in the country; the 1100 that the homeless charities (I was very nearly typing industry there, for that's what it is), represent 0.07% of the total number of households.
Whilst nobody wants to be in that position, and it is tragic and awful for the people who find themselves so, in the overall picture it is hardly noticeable. However anyone who tries to use actual stats is usually called Thatcherite and cold hearted, as one, or two, or a half dozen of the 1100 cases are given a soft focus special.