`Poverty in the UK is a grim, growing reality.” Do you agree?
“Poverty in the UK is a grim, growing reality.” Do you agree?
You are being asked to explain why you agree or disagree with this statement.
This question is asking about your informed opinion as to whether poverty exists
as a real problem in Britain today. You need to make your own position clear and
provide evidence to justify it. This question asks you to comment on change over
You can’t answer this question without referring to whether you think the poverty
line is best seen as “fixed” from year to year (sometimes confusingly called an
“absolute” poverty line) versus whether you think a “relative” poverty line that
shifts each year is a more relevant concept. You can make brief comparisons
with poverty in other countries.
As to whether relative poverty equals a grim social problem, it is for you to
present a persuasive argument backed by evidence.
Statistics can help you justify your argument. The DWP’s annual publication
Households Below Average Income (HBAI) contains the official statistics. You
could look at the different changes in poverty across different groups in society
Personal accounts of the experience of poverty in the UK can also help you
justify your argument.