“For millions of children up and down the country, poverty is a grinding reality – and it is getting worse. Many families are facing stark and unacceptable choices, like heat or eat. This is disgraceful in any country, especially in one of the world’s richest …  The past 12 months have seen existing pressures on families mounting.” a Children’s society survey finds many children in poverty will be cold this winter, whilst families are losing the support they need…
…as a research study explores the impact of such poverty on development
‘Over the course of the longitudinal study… these same poor children were also exposed to chronic sources of stress like violence and family turmoil, or crowded and low-quality housing. Those kinds of stressors, the researchers theorize, may help explain the link between income status in childhood and how well the brain functions later on. That theory, they write, is consistent with the idea that “early experiences of poverty become embedded within the organism, setting individuals on lifelong trajectories.”‘
“the number of ‘Neets’ is a public health time bomb. There is a lot of evidence to show that being out of work is bad your  health. It is disgraceful that a generation of young people are growing up in a  world when unemployment is the norm, not the exception.” a review by Michael Marmot indicates being out of employment or education is harmful to health
“Did you know, for example, that food bank Britain is now Europe’s leading importer of Ferraris? And did you know that our market for luxury properties is booming while a record number of families are being housed in B&B’s?” Bill Kerry of the Equality Trust explains that poverty is a product of inequality
Billionaire Bill Gross agrees… “it’s time to kick out and share some of your good fortune by paying higher taxes or reforming them to favor economic growth and labor, as opposed to corporate profits and individual gazillions. You’ll still be able to attend those charity galas and demonstrate your benevolence and philanthropic character to your admiring public. You’ll just have to write a little bit smaller cheque”