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Question: ‘Outline what type of poverty exists in modern Britain and how does it affect people’s ‘life chances’? Contrast two explanations for the existence of poverty.’

Answer: This essay will explore and describe poverty in the UK and investigate the key issues that surrounds it, as well as investigating the wide range of poverty and the social implications that come with it. Covering issues such as welfare, health, education, crime, government policies and sociological viewpoints and looking at the works of Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree. Touching upon key terms and concepts of poverty, exploring government statistics, to highlight the extent of poverty in the UK and understand why in modern Britain, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there is such big inequality in the distribution of wealth and the life chances of those effected.
In Britain there has been a tradition as far back as 1601 of providing the poor with outdoor relief within a parish, believing it was the Christian duty to do so. Giving people unable to work money to survive however becam...(short extract)

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  • Subject: Sociology
  • Course: Sociology
  • Level: A-Level
  • Year: Not applicable
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1509
  • Date submitted: December 02, 2015
  • Date written: January, 2015
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 6945

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