Poverty issue and jobs lead project’s aims

York Press: Joseph Rowntree Foundation Joseph Rowntree Foundation

TACKLING poverty and creating more jobs could boost our region’s economy by hundreds of millions of pounds a year, experts have said.

Campaigners, politicians, local authority officials and charity workers gathered in Leeds yesterday for the launch of a new project backed by the York-based Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The JRF and the Leeds City Region, which includes York, have launched their More Jobs, Better Jobs initiative, which aims to ensure the poorest people and communities are not left behind in the economic recovery.

Prof Mike Campbell, project advisor for JRF, told a packed Leeds Civic Hall that regional leaders must work together to show that tackling poverty made economic sense. He said halving unemployment in the Leeds City Region would be worth £700 million a year to the region.

He said the nature of growth was as important as the level of growth, but also warned against those who called merely for redistribution of existing resources.

Julia Unwin, chief executive of the JRF, told the audience: “As we come out of the deepest recession any of us can remember, there is a very real danger we leave poor people and placed behind in the rush for growth.”

She said society could not afford to allow much of its skills-base to remain unused.

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9:52am Sun 9 Feb 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Meeting up to discuss the raising of standards for the less well off is commendable but no one yet has actually defined POVERTY, the word so freely bandied about in the soundbite and spin.
I walk and cycle around York and I see the regular beggars with the blankets and the obligatory dog, 2 in some cases. Is that poverty ? I don't think so.
Our welfare system has it covered.
If we saw kids with swollen bellies with nothing more than a few tattered rags on them walking or sleeping on Front Street Acomb, then that would be POVERTY.
In 1911 My Gran and my Aunt Dolly were put out of their cottage with their chattels piled up outside and then escorted to the village workhouse ! Now that was POVERTY. So my question again is How in this day and age is poverty defined. Im hoping TSL will help us here with a short concise definition.
Meeting up to discuss the raising of standards for the less well off is commendable but no one yet has actually defined POVERTY, the word so freely bandied about in the soundbite and spin. I walk and cycle around York and I see the regular beggars with the blankets and the obligatory dog, 2 in some cases. Is that poverty ? I don't think so. Our welfare system has it covered. If we saw kids with swollen bellies with nothing more than a few tattered rags on them walking or sleeping on Front Street Acomb, then that would be POVERTY. In 1911 My Gran and my Aunt Dolly were put out of their cottage with their chattels piled up outside and then escorted to the village workhouse ! Now that was POVERTY. So my question again is How in this day and age is poverty defined. Im hoping TSL will help us here with a short concise definition. tonyfromitaly
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1:26pm Sun 9 Feb 14

CRWPROJ says...

Tonyfromitaly, your interpretation of 'POVERTY' is the same as mine. Having been educated in the eighties about children in India and the work of mother teresa. This is the image conjured up by the use of this word.
However, after a number of questions to others, it was explained that this word is now commonly used to describe 'Social Poverty'. Which as far as I can interpret is based on a statistical study of people living in the same area! With the lower percent being classed as 'in poverty' as they do not have what the upper percent have!
This could be twisted to mean if everybody is driving a Lexus or Merc then the poor have to be given BMWs!
The other twist could be not mix the High income individuals with Low income individuals as it complicates the statistical study!
Or, due to the maths involved in these studies, somebody will always lie in the lower percentages and create a need for somebody to address Poverty!!
(F.T.A.O. Spanish Inquisition: The above is humour)
Tonyfromitaly, your interpretation of 'POVERTY' is the same as mine. Having been educated in the eighties about children in India and the work of mother teresa. This is the image conjured up by the use of this word. However, after a number of questions to others, it was explained that this word is now commonly used to describe 'Social Poverty'. Which as far as I can interpret is based on a statistical study of people living in the same area! With the lower percent being classed as 'in poverty' as they do not have what the upper percent have! This could be twisted to mean if everybody is driving a Lexus or Merc then the poor have to be given BMWs! The other twist could be not mix the High income individuals with Low income individuals as it complicates the statistical study! Or, due to the maths involved in these studies, somebody will always lie in the lower percentages and create a need for somebody to address Poverty!! (F.T.A.O. Spanish Inquisition: The above is humour) CRWPROJ
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