Read the report on poverty at http://www.jrf.org.uk/pressroom/releases/110900.asp
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Until 1999 there was no officially recognised definition of poverty although two measures were used unofficially: -
- People living in households on or below 60% of average income
- People on Job Seekers Allowance.
In 1999 the Labour government set a precedent by setting as the official poverty line half of the average income. The governments definition of the poverty line gives us a strong clue as to what poverty actually is; it is a condition characterised by lack of economic resources. It can be absolute or relative as well as containing objective and subjective elements.