This article made some interesting reading to me - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24553611
Apart from the claim made that "17% of children, or 2.3 million, were classed as being in poverty while 15% of working-age adults, or 5.6 million, were in poverty ... for pensioners, meanwhile, that figures was 16% - or 1.9 million." , it gave some figures as to what counts officially as poverty.
Poverty is defined as having a household income that is less than 60% of the national median income.
The latest government figures on poverty, released in June, show the median UK household income for 2011/2012 was £427 a week - 60% of that figure was £256 a week.
On that basis, my household income is at 61% of the national average... and this is with a "good", graduate professional job... so I'm very "borderline", I'm not entitled to any help whatsoever... and yes, I'm struggling. So it shocks me as to how many people have to live on less than what I'm on, it really must be difficult - but it annoys me that this is allowed to happen in a civilised, first world country - kids are starving, a lot of people are having to choose between heating and food this winter, and there's no sign of things improving.
How did it get like this?