That's why they were kicked out in 1997 and failed to get back in the two following General Elections.The Tory Party only work for the rich, just like your Republicans.have you got a link to more up to date figures, Lurker Mom, or are you just talking from the Muffled Region.Paintspeck has already conceded that things are getting rapidly better for the poor under Labour.CF _________________________________According to your article 12.7% of a population of almost 300 million people live below the poverty level in America. According to my article almost 25% of Brits live below the poverty level of a population of Population (2005 est.): 60,441,457Tony Blair and the Labour Party has been in power for the past nine years....Since then...Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 September 2005, 15:13 GMT 16:13 UK "I'm professional, single and poor The number of single people living in poverty has risen by 300,000 since 1996. BBC News talks to one single person struggling to make ends meet.""Young Britons are at a far greater risk of living in retirement poverty than their parents.""One in five in povertyDespite high levels of employment and government policies to combat poverty, the percentage of people living on very low incomes – defined as below 60% of the UK average wage - has stayed close to 20% throughout the past decade.""Britain has the highest number of avoidable deaths due to winter cold in Western Europe" But the latest figures suggest there are currently over two million households across the UK that cannot afford to keep adequately warm at a reasonable cost." Poverty ratesBritain created one of the earliest and most comprehensive welfare states when Labour adopted the Beveridge report in 1945. But is was never well-funded enough to eliminate poverty. Single person poverty The Elizabeth Finn Trust has estimated that there are 3.9 million single people in the UK living below the poverty line. Many of these people are divorced women, the charity added. Poverty among single people is not as high profile as that suffered by families and pensioners. Tackling disadvantage among families with young children and pensioners has been a key objective of the UK government, but policymakers have paid little attention to the plight of single people in poverty. "There seems to me to be a lot of hidden poverty out there amongst divorced or separated women." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4245984.stmViewpoints: The welfare state To mark 60 years of the 1945 welfare settlement, the BBC News website invited an array of politicians and social and business experts to debate the future of the welfare state. Here are their views. "The welfare state of the 21st century will be... an enabler - a ladder out of poverty"David Blunkett, Work and Pensions Secretary "Extending choice will inevitably be vital for the future development of the welfare state"Sir Malcolm Rifkind, shadow work and pensions secretary "To accept its help and support means submitting to intrusive means-tests..."David Laws, Lib Dem work and pensions spokesman "Lasting change is often secured when the ship is steered in a new direction, not abandoned..."Nick Pearce, director, Institute for Public Policy Research "A growing minority of claimants have an attitude of take, take, take rather than give, give, give"Frank Field, former welfare reform minister "The way forward for education and health is to get the state out of the provision of these services"Ruth Lea, director, Centre for Policy Studies You will find all these quotes and recent information of Britains living in poverty at this link...<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/business/2005/breadline_britain/default.stm>
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