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According to this our family (married, 4 children, dad has full time job, mum cares for children full time) has always hovered above or below the poverty line. RUBBISH! We are not poor. We have never gone cold or hungry.
Real poverty is being hungry and cold and having no essential medicine. UK poverty is not affording the latest electronic game, latest fashion and a new sofa.
By this calculator, "poverty" currently means a bigger income than what we are VERY comfortable on.
BBC news says that "POOR" children turn up to school hungry? Well, I have fed my 4 children very well around the "poverty line" - plenty of good healthy home cooked food, no convenience meals or junk. (the latter costs more than home made healthy food anyway)
"Cold chips in lunch box" means poverty? NO! Takeaway chips cost MORE than a pasta salad or brown bread and cheese sandwich. Hungry children in UK are not suffering poverty, they're suffering poor parenting. Training a generation to be prudent and wise is what's needed, not more breakfast clubs to further absolve parents of their responsibilities.
Great idea to map your run with the icons of London. Well done for finding the mental strength to run the VLM AGAIN, especially now you are an old man!
Well done Joe, all in a good cause and will be thinking about you on the day.