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Minimum wage hasn't been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades - Pew Research Center

Minimum wage hasn't been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades - Pew Research Center | poverty and affluence | Scoop.it
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Minimum wage hasn't been enough to lift most out of poverty for decades
Pew Research Center
Analyzing the interplay between the minimum wage and poverty is complicated by the fact that there isn't just one poverty threshold.
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I learnt that the minimum wage have not been able to lift most out of poverty .A report from the Congressional Budget Office likely will fuel both sides of the minimum-wage debate. The CBO projects that raising the federal minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour, to $10.10 by 2016 would raise incomes for 16.5 million low-wage workers, but also would cost about 500,000 workers their jobs. The Census Bureau calculates 48 different thresholds, based on different combinations of age, family size and number of children in a household.

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Independence will give Scotland the powers to end child poverty

Independence will give Scotland the powers to end child poverty | poverty and affluence | Scoop.it
More than 50,000 children risk being pushed into poverty if opportunity missed.

Via Peter A Bell
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This article really open up my mind about poverty. Ms Sturgeon deputy prime minister, set out the vision of how independence would allow the building of ‘a country where child poverty belongs in the past. However this, risked making the problem worse and pushing more than 50,000 children into child poverty by 2020. If Scotland is independent they can take decisions about welfare that will ensure fair and decent support for people. However they can be hindered because of  lack of fiscal powers, but also by the disjoint between what is funded at the UK level by DWP their employability services

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Let's hope this works!

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let's stop literally poisoning the poor - The Week Magazine

let's stop literally poisoning the poor - The Week Magazine | poverty and affluence | Scoop.it
The Week Magazine let's stop literally poisoning the poor The Week Magazine Asthma rates are much higher among those living at or below the federal poverty level than those living above it, and the incidence of asthma steadily decreases with rising...
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This article makes understand the government's efforts to stop poverty or more specifically energy poverty.Two years ago, the United Nations (U.N.) declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All, successfully bringing much-needed attention to the once overlooked problem of energy poverty. This highlighted that the estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide who still do not have access to modern energy and the plight of the 3 billion who rely on traditional biomass as their main fuel sources. About 1.7 billion people gained access to electricity between 1990-2010. Only the lowest CO2 emitting technologies can avoid a hot end-of-century. There is great need to create access to energy for a substantial amount of the world's population. However, there is also great awareness and therefore opportunity to do it right, to do it sustainably while fighting climate change.

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