poverty trap


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poverty trap

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(Sociology) the situation of being unable to escape poverty because of being dependent on state benefits, which are reduced by the same amount as any extra income gained
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Noun1.poverty trap - a situation in which an increase in income results in a loss of benefits so that you are no better off
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
situation, position - a condition or position in which you find yourself; "the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils"; "found herself in a very fortunate situation"
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These tax credit cuts will only further burden us and push us ever closer to the poverty trap that so many already find themselves in through no fault of their own.
He wrote: "I simply fail to see how cutting the income of those making a real effort to improve the lot of their family helps in get out of a poverty trap.
For if you are caught in the poverty trap (and it absolutely exists, including for working families) the children are the most vulnerable.
Thus the socalled poverty trap is in place: poverty affects the saving rate by creating problems which distract intellectual attention which could have been devoted to planning for the future, and the resulting low saving rate eventually causes the poor to remain poor.
This might appeal to better-off voters in Middle England Tory seats that Labour want to win, but it will push more families in north Wales into the poverty trap.
I have a dear friend (whom I shall refer to as "Berni") who is caught in the benefits poverty trap and lives in social housing.
00pm, Sky1 When they lose their jobs at a Sheffield steel plant, a group of friends attempt to escape the poverty trap they have fallen into.
Ryan was interviewed about his report he stated, "There are nearly 100 programs at the federal level that are meant to help, but they have actually created a poverty trap.
Enver Baig said that BISP will continue to provide support through un-conditional cash transfer to its beneficiaries with the key objective to graduate as many families out of the poverty trap and make them stand on their own feet.
She said: "We are in the poverty trap and it is so hard to see a way out of it.
ISLAMABAD -- Experts in micro-finance Summit said that increasing financial inclusion speeds up poverty reduction while microfinance institutions can play a major role in lifting poor households out of the poverty trap.
Based on randomised controlled trials, Banerjee and Duflo have enriched this compelling piece of work and shed light on the truth of the poverty trap.

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