Poverty in Plenty: A Human Development Report for the UK

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'Poverty in Plenty breaks new ground in two ways. It is the first national Human Development Report to focus on an industrialised country and it is the first to be produced by a non-governmental organisation... While problems of poverty and deprivation are less extreme in countries such as the UK than in some other parts of the world, the human development message is still highly relevant. There are many people who suffer through inadequate housing, insufficient means to guarantee a nutritious diet and the absence of secure, rewarding and

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'Poverty in Plenty breaks new ground in two ways. It is the first national Human Development Report to focus on an industrialised country and it is the first to be produced by a non-governmental organisation... While problems of poverty and deprivation are less extreme in countries such as the UK than in some other parts of the world, the human development message is still highly relevant. There are many people who suffer through inadequate housing, insufficient means to guarantee a nutritious diet and the absence of secure, rewarding and remunerative employment' From the Foreward by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme 'The economics that dominates Britain—loosely known as globilisation—is a kind of religion which dictates that the worship of money should take preference over common buman values like the sharing of wealth and the right to a decent life. This report reveals the power of traditional economics over our society, and the way in which the lives of our grandmothers and grandfathers, men and women, girls and boys have been damaged and impoverished. I highly recommend it' Ann Pettifor, Director, Jubilee 2000 UK The UK's performance on poverty and deprivation ranks 16th out of 18 industrialised countries ? People living in Glasgow Shettleston are 3.8 times more likely to die before they are 65 years old than those living in Wokingham In industrialised countries, wealth and affluence are widely perceived to be growing, although not at the same rate for everyone. But economic growth is not the same as genuine human development. Poverty in Plenty applies accepted measures of human poverty—education, health and employment—to the UK, and assesses how our food and housing policies contribute to a sustainable way of life. It draws on the work of leading research institutes and campaigning groups to determine the real state of society in the UK. Using a range of indicators to measure livelihoods and well-being, the report shows how widespread poverty is and highlights the vast geographical disparities in levels of poverty that exist within the UK. It goes on to set out what urgently needs to be done to address the sobering trends revealed and describes effective policies that will allow us to improve the current situation. The findings are of vital importance to those working on social issues in the public and voluntary sectors, and to students and general readers wanting the truth behind the public statistics. Jane Seymour is an independent researcher and writer on health and environment issues. Originally published in 2000

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853837074
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Boxes and Tables
List of Main Contributors
UNED- UK
Foreword by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Preface by Derek Osborn
Acknowledgements
List of Acronym and Abbreviations
Part I: Issues and Context
1. Why a UK Human Development Report?
Introduction
What is a Human Development Report?
The Definitions we have Used
Social Capital: Making the Connection to Poverty
The Process
Structure of the Book
2. Human Development in Context
Setting the Scene
Thinking Globally
Environmental Justice
A Global Imbalance
Environmental Justice in the UK
A national View
The UK's Treaty Commitments
Trade Agreements and Human Development
Conclusion
Main Messages of this Chapter
3. Getting the Measure of Human Development
Thinking about Poverty
The Right Tools for the Job
Human Poverty and Human Development
Making Comparisons
Who Dies Young in Britain?
Functional Illiteracy in Britain
Low Income in the UK
Long-term Unemployment in the UK
Human Poverty in Britain
The Social Exclusion Unit
What the Social Exclusion Unit has Done so Far
Is the SEU having an Impact?
In the Regions
Main Messages of this Chapter
Part II: Key Elements and the UK Policy Agenda
4. Food Security: A Challenge for Human Development
The Food we Eat
Food and Human Development
Food Poverty
Food Security
Developing Food Security
Commodity or Necessity?
Lessons from the Past
Main Messages of this Chapter
5. Housing
A Key to Human Development
Homeward Bound
Sustainable Building
Sustainable Living
Meeting Demand
Conclusion
Main Messages of this Chapter
6. Employment Integration for the Least Advantaged People in the UK: Opportunities and Risks
Into Work
Sustainable Livelihoods
Incentives to Take up Employment
Low Pay and the Minimum Wage
In-work Benefits
Unemployment and High Risk Groups for Unemployment
Active Labour Market Policies
Flexibility
Employability
Conclusion
Main Messages of this Chapter
Part Ill: The Way Forward
7. From Vision to Reality
Meeting Needs
An Equitable Environment
Fair Shares
How can we Empower Communities?
Setting up Systems to Build Sustainability
Sustainable Regeneration
Regional Level
National Level
Main Messages of this Chapter
Part IV: Reference Section - HDR-UK Report Statistics at Regional Level
Appendix 1 Environment and Health
Appendix 2 Economics and Employment
Appendix 3 Social Environment
Appendix 4 Human Poverty Index for British Parliamentary Constituencies and
OECD Countries
Appendix 5 Participating Organisations
References
Index

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