An estimated 540,000 Australians didn’t have paid work ahead of lockdown, so missed out on COVID-19 support this year. They’ve been left to live on $44 a day — well below the poverty line.
Poverty in America has changed since the 1960s.
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Newer measures of poverty may do a better job of counting America’s poor, which is necessary to helping them.
Nigeria’s poverty profile is embarrassing
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Nigeria needs more industrial production, foreign and domestic investment, not just handouts.
The most stressed are Australians on JobSeeker and single parents.
With cuts to JobKeeper and JobSeeker set to bite, Social Services Minister Anne Ruston has cast doubt over the idea of a poverty line.
JobKeeper and the COVID Supplement to JobSeeker benefits will be gone in a week. The combined effect will be to halve some recipients’ incomes and the rent they can afford.
The relationship between income and health underlines the need for strong government policies to break the cycle.
It’s evident from research that while health influences economic well-being, the inverse is also true, economic well-being influences health.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, speaks with Toronto Mayor John Tory before a recent news conference announcing funding for affordable housing in the Toronto area.
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Canadians should invest in affordable housing. It’s a commitment to lifting the most vulnerable members of our society from the ground up — and lifting our entire country up in the process.
Newstart should be lifted by mush more than usually proposed, a new ANU algorithm finds.
A new ANU computer algorithm can provide near instant answers about how to get the best bang for welfare dollars. It says we should boost Newstart and cut either pensions or family benefits.
A different measure of poverty shows 70% of the world’s poor live in what the World Bank considers middle-income countries.
The global poverty plot is thicker than what the World Bank would have us believe.
Fewer people who were homeless or at risk of being homeless exited poverty than in the general population.
Less than 15% of the most disadvantaged people in Australia exit poverty from one year to the next. We need to design policy to tackle this.
More than 40 years ago professor Ronald Henderson floated the idea of a guaranteed minimum income.
We increasingly celebrate entrepreneurial self-reliance, but for disadvantaged people, the certainty of an adequate income is a fundamental foundation. It may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.
Costs of transportation and accessibility are just two factors that increase cost of living for persons with disabilities.
Depending on where you live, having a disability can cost thousands of additional dollars per year. Government programs often don’t account for that.
Women living below the poverty line will be empowered by UBI.
It could make women agents of change and development in Southeast Asia.
In work poverty is a sign the icy tide of capitalism is now lapping at our ankles in the global north.
$2 a day bought me a lacto-ovo-pesco vegetarian style diet (milk, eggs and fish) but with very small quantities of protein foods.
Last week I joined 8,500 Australians on the charity challenge to live below the extreme poverty line, spending just $2 a day on food for five days. It was tough and my diet was far from complete.
Will government cuts to tax credits hit Britain’s poorest the hardest?
Plans to stop universal credit payments in favour of a ‘national living wage’ will not address the long-standing poverty of many people in paid employment.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivers his 2016 budget address to parliament in Cape Town.
South Africa’s finance minister delivered a good mix of macro and micro-economic strategies to ensure the country survives economic uncertainty, restores confidence and achieves some growth.
A new study reveals just how tough it can be to rebuild a life after homelessness.
Many people aspire to live a middle class life. Once they attain it, sustaining it is a big challenge.
Reaching middle class status and sustaining it into retirement is a major challenge. The key is to live within your means.