Poverty in the UK is ‘systematic' and ‘tragic', says UN special rapporteur

The article "Poverty in the UK is ‘systematic' and ‘tragic', says UN special rapporteur" was published by the BBC on May 22, 2019 and describes the results of a UN report on the state of poverty in the UK. The report was made by Professor Phillip Alston. 

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All of the information presented in this source is related to the poverty crisis in the UK.

There is a growing poverty crisis in the UK

The article is focused on sharing the main points from a UN report about poverty in the UK: 

The report cites independent experts saying that 14 million people in the UK - a fifth of the population - live in poverty, according to a new measure that takes into account costs such as housing and childcare. (ll. 20-23)

The main problem the report (and article) describes is that a very large number of British people currently live in poverty when cost of living is taken fully into account. 

Destitution is widespread in the UK

The article also shares a dramatic statistic about destitution, which is a more...

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