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Poverty News Around the World from Julian Omidi - January 2013

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Poverty is an issue that is consistently on the minds of individuals, governments, and non-profit organizations around the world. Here, Julian Omidi reports on poverty issues affecting the United States and Europe in January of 2013. 

Many people understand that poverty is a worldwide issue that directly affects developed countries like the United States and the United Kingdom as well as developing countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana . In an effort to provide a more comprehensive picture of poverty across the globe, here is a round-up of just some of the poverty-related issues the aforementioned countries are contending with currently. 


Benefits Raid in UK Leading to Child Poverty

In an article published by Mirror News it is being reported that a freeze in tax credits and welfare payments instituted by Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury George Osborne, MP could result in 200,000 children slipping into "relative income poverty," and could increase the number of children living in poverty by over a million by 2020. In England a family is classified as living in poverty if income is below 60% of the national household income average. The national average in the UK is £359 or about $569 per week, with 60% of the average equaling about $347 per week. According to the Office for National Statistics in the UK, the average weekly household expenditures in 2010 on basic necessities including transportation, housing, fuel, and power, and food alone totaled roughly £210, which is approximately the amount of income for families living in poverty. Learn more about this issue from the Child Poverty Action Group press release. 



30% of Residents in Illinois Living At or Near Poverty

According to recent reports, as many as 1 in 3 residents of Illinois are living at or near the poverty line, with 15% of residents below poverty. The number of impoverished in the state is almost double that of the average national poverty rate of 7.8%. The current Federal Poverty Threshold for a single person is an annual income of $11,484 and $23,021 for a family of four. 


Several Countries in Africa Set to Halve Poverty Figures

Countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, and the Democratic Republic of Congo are poised to decrease the level of poverty and hunger by 50% in 2015. While there are many factors to the state of poverty in Africa - poverty affects more rural than urban dwellers on the continent, women are most affected by poverty in these countries - the projection that these numbers will decrease is an encouraging one. Despite these projections there are still many continuing issues facing Africa such as the number of food-deprived individuals increasing from 166 million in 1990-1992 to 218 million in 2006-2008 and an increase of those living on less than $1.25 per day. For more information visit this article on poverty and hunger in Africa.


There is still much work to be done in our goal to end poverty and we encourage you to join us in these efforts. Learn more about the difference we can make together through No More Poverty. 


By Julian Omidi


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