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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Poverty and poverty related illness shames us all.

Rickets returns as poor families find healthy diets unaffordable.


A queue of youngsters receiving their daily doses of cod-liver oil, from their teacher at Nursery School. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
Helping to prevent Rickets at a primary school in the 1950's


 With their heads buried firmly in the sand (or some other location), the ConDem coalition government continue their drive for even greater austerity, and resolutely refuse to accept that their policies are forcing more and more families in this country to the point of poverty or even below the accepted definitions of poverty. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, the ever increasing reliance on food banks, now totaling in excess of 1 million people, the rise in poverty related illnesses, the increasing numbers of homeless creating different but never the less significant problems for our society, and all the published evidence from recognised charities and institutions, yet  the government repeat that we are on the right course and that we must press on with "reducing the debt".

Boxes of food being packed for distribution at a food bank in the 21st century

Successive governments, Labour, Conservative and now Coalition have contributed to the current crisis by ignoring all the evidence and allowing "extreme poverty" to become a problem which threatens the social fabric of this country and now carries the additional threat of sickness and disease becoming an additional difficulty with the associated increase in costs to society and the NHS.
History will condem politicians of all political persuasions, who have allowed poverty and poverty related illnesses to become so widespread over the last fifty years and into the 21st Century.