Poverty

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People who need to claim benefits also have to live hand to mouth, from week to week. We are already poor. It just takes one missed payment to completely empty your cupboards, to strand you indoors, to turn your light, heating and hot water off and leave you in a state of soul-sapping desperation. And if you are chronically ill, that flare – an exacerbation of defining symptoms – will also pay you a visit, for sure. You are having a bad time. Well have some more.

Poverty is far worse than simply having nothing. Its hungry reach is much less superficial than skin deep; it bites down to the bone and has you strugging to keep body and soul together. It robs you of motivation and animation, poverty leaves you battling for your heart and for who you are. It relentlessly erases your sense of identity a bit at…

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