If numbers from a series of new reports on poverty are anything to go by the Great Recession is still roiling away around Philadelphia.
Over 22K children in Philly’s suburbs are experiencing deep poverty. Two reports of a series of five from Public Citizens For Children and Youth show more children in Delaware, Montgomery, Chester and Bucks counties are experiencing economic hardship now than they were during the Great Recession
See also: (212) Philadelphia, PA
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A half-hour enquiry into suburban poverty on Long Island, New York from WLIW 21. This discussion covers all the major pieces of this issue, doing justice to the economic reality of ”the new poor.” Such a serious topic at a time when talk of recovery can be heard from some quarters.
”That brings us back to the election, and why it matters that this campaign season has failed to acknowledge the new geography of poverty.”
Ever the sentinel of suburban poverty in the United States, the The Brookings Institution spoke up earlier this month as a truly loony election rolls into autumn.
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When payday lending leads to poverty, it’s time for intervention
globeandmail.com (with video 1:58)
See also: (966) We are the loan sharks
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Surely few will argue that poverty comes cheap. Poverty is a master issue found to amplify nearly all other forms of social difficulty from tooth decay to car accidents and much worse things like cancer and house fires. Public sector finances are merely the first, strongest indicator of the cost of poverty. In the case of Great Britain this effect is captured only too well in the new report at the link below. Serious stuff. Seventy-eight billion pounds worth.
Counting the cost of UK poverty
Joseph Rowntree Foundation (92-page .pdf file)
If you are looking for US data, and perhaps some insight into Canadian trends, this page from Strong Towns will help. Seriously, bookmark this site.
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Again and again we see ourselves bought off by the idea that measuring a problem is some kind of major step toward the solution. Time to throw a basic income at it.
Surveys show why we need to take the Poverty Reduction Strategy seriously. The once-heralded poverty reduction strategy needs more attention, including to what the data told us about the city