Connect:This article is about how the safety net systems is critical to help the low income people from falling out. i think it is important to help families leave poverty and gain economic and social mobility. In Singapore, we have a lot of welfare assistance to help the needy, for example:'' Sinda Fund(Singapore Indian Association) '' provides assistance for fellow Indian people. I think we should also learn from the African American parents in New Orleans who started a social club to provide activites and cultural events for their children and also prepare their children to rebuild after the disaster.
Extend: We can learn from what other countries do in the safety net system to help their people. The examples quoted under FII are useful references.Perhaps other countries can also learn and create such safety nets system to help their poor people. These support systems can help to fight poverty.
Challenge: I think that safety nets system also need funding to be able to carry out the activites. It may be the duty for everyone to take part and help to improve society and help the needy to escape poverty. I also believe that low income families should also be pro active and help themselves by legal means and not forever rely on the support systems.
Connect : I feel that this article is very informative but also staggering at the same time as 4 in 10 disabled children are living in poverty in the UK and 1 in 3 disabled children in the population as a whole. This is alarming to me as the number of disabled children living in poverty in the UK is 320,000. This is defined as being in a family where the income is less than 60% of the national average.
Extend: I am relieved to know that the UK Government is doing something to help like introducing the Welfare Reform Bill and the child tax credit. The universal credit scheme also provided support through '' disability additions''. All these helped to cut down financial costs of the low income families with disabled children with lower tax and they can make use of the tax savings to make ends meet and also send their disabled children for treatment.
Challenge:I am puzzled why there are so many disabled children living in poverty in Uk. I am also interested to know how effective are the Tax Credit schemes.
Programs to manage poverty in the United States aren’t cheap either. The combined costs of supplemental food assistance, Earned Income Tax Credit, and Medicaid top a trillion per year, according to the Cato Institute –over $20,610 per year per poor individual, when the minimum poverty threshold was $12,119 in 2013.
Connect:After reading the article and all the examples given by the author, i agree to some extend with what the author has said. Instead of using the money to hire middleman like:'' foreign aid workers'' i think they should give the money directly to the poor and needy people. For example, in Singapore the government also give out free money to the citizens and this is welcomed by all the people.
Extend: Although giving money to the poor may help to solve poverty in a short run, I still feel that in the long run it is better to educate and assist the poor to earn money and be self sufficient. Giving free money is not a long term solution. The needy cannot always rely on the government to provide money for them. They also must have a skill to get a job and earn money.But before all of these can happen, I have strong belief that education is the top priority to help the poor and needy escape poverty.
Challenge: I have some doubts on how long the government can sustain giving out free money to the needy. This can only be a short term solution.Frankly speaking, the money will come from the tax collected by the government and then the people will suffer again.
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