379: UK HORROR STATS

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Although these statistics were picked out of left wing newspapers, the sort that prick our consciences about not doing enough to make the world a fairer place, they are echoed in a more blurred form in mainstream media. I’m putting them down as random bullet points, and I don’t apologize for calling them shocking – they shock me, and I don’t have a clue about where to start to put things right.

  • In 2004, the richest 1000 people owned £200 billion of assets; today they own £519 billion.
  • The 5 richest families own more than the bottom 20% of the population.
  • Last year alone, bosses of top companies got an average pay rise of 32%.
  • Meanwhile, 20% of the population, 13 million people, are living in poverty.
  • 8 million of these are members of families in work!
  • The cost of living has risen by 34% since 2004, meaning households with average incomes are now worse off by almost £1200 a year.
  • Almost a million people now use food banks.
  • Malnutrition-related  hospital admissions have risen by 74% since 2009.
  • Rickets have risen by 25% in just 4 years.

(Source of above: “Why we hate Capitalism” in “Totally Indypendent. The newsletter of Haringey solidarity group.” North London.)

  • In the UK, the seventh richest country in the world, 3.5 million children – nearly a third of all children – live in poverty, a figure expected to rise by another million over the next 6 years.
  • 28% of all adults say they regularly skimp on food so that others in their households can eat.
  • By 2012 the number of households falling below the accepted minimum standard of living had increased from 14% of households 30 years ago to 33%.
  • 18 million people cannot afford adequate housing conditions/
  • One in three are unable to heat their homes in winter.
  • 12 million are unable to indulge in ‘common social activities’.
  • 5.5 million people lacked essential clothing.
  • 21% are in arrears over utility bills and/or mortgage and rent payments.

As this source put it, “Like the four horsemen of the capitalist apocalypse, hunger, poverty, debt and insecurity stalk the land.” This Post is strictly stats. Details on causes and austerity generally in the pipeline.
Note: these figures may be out of date when you read this – they may have got worse.

(Source: “Cuts bite deep in poverty Britain” by Cat Wiener in “Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!” (Revolutionary Communist Group, no.240, August/September 2014)
They got their info from:
(a) ‘Below the breadline: the relentless rise of food poverty in Britain’ Oxfam et al , (June 2014)
(b) ‘Policy and social exclusion’, presentation to the third Peter Townsend Memorial lecture, June 2014.
(c) Living Wage Commission, (February 2014)

Related Zingcreed Posts:
Now that’s what I call practical Christianity #14: Rev Paul
Boff on the causes of poverty
Jesus and wealthy people
Prophets attack profits
Us vs them: the TTIP of the iceberg

 

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