Poverty: A Study of Town Life Essay

1021 Words Oct 20th, 2014 5 Pages
Poverty: A study of town life
INTRODUCTION
After reading Booth’s work on The Life and Labour of the People of London led me to construct my own investigation on poverty but in a provincial town so I can then find an applicable general conclusion for a smaller populated area.
My objective is to investigate upon the living conditions that the working classes of small towns inhabit as well as the growing problem of poverty.
Preparing for my observational research I had to decide on how to collect my information as there are two methods I have found and both could be effective in coming to a general conclusion about poverty in Britain. One method is to gather together and analyse statistics which would include looking through medical
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I am much indebted to Mr. Charles Booth and all of his associates as they have given me helpful suggestions from time to time during the progress of this investigation, although a major aim we both pursue is for the government to perhaps consider bringing poverty in Britain into their own hands as I will later show throughout this investigation. Since official statistics have been stated to be 25% of the working population to be living in poverty, and judging by my research I believe there are different views on how poverty is caused and where to draw the line on it. left36195000So looking into depth upon the factors which effect the families living in poverty here, I believe on factor that is common in these families is that the main earner in the family has either died or is weak due to age or the uninhabitable living conditions. Looking at the image to the left this is a poverty line which I have made from my findings, it shows the basic outline of an average working class citizen in London matched with their age throughout their lifetime.
Overall I believe there are approximately 10% of people in York living in a current state of primary poverty which may be part of the reason that the life expectancy age has recently dropped for both men and women, being that most women are expected to die at 50 whereas men 47. Although the life expectancy is low (on average) my research shows that birth rates are higher which then

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