What is your view about this definition of poverty?

Posted by Vipin, Charnwood CAB.

Updated 1521 days ago in: Discussions


Established over 100 years ago to provide community housing and understand the root causes of social problems, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is an endowed foundation funding a UK-wide research and development programme. The organisation is in the process of producing an evidenced anti-poverty strategy in which poverty is defined as:

‘When a person’s resources (mainly their material resources) are not sufficient to meet their minimum needs (including social participation)’.

http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/Definition_of_Poverty_full.pdf: accessed 22/9/14

What is your view of this definition? Does it cover the range of issues and challenges your clients face?

Post your comments below.

Paula, CCAB on 15 Oct 2014

While I think it's a pretty good definition that word 'minimum' is open to interpretation, same with the word 'essential'. What we may consider essential or minimum may be quite different in different situations; what I can go without another may argue they need and vice versa. This may not be a big deal and we can't get all judgmental about what others choose to spend their money on but people do need to know what the priorities are and ensure they get covered first. So perhaps a more explicit definition of 'minimum needs' would be helpful.