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Poverty is a lack of goods and services necessary to maintain a minimal adequatestandard of living The definition of the term adequate varies howeverwith the general standard of living in a society and with public attitudestoward deprivation No university accepted definition of basic needs existsbecause poverty is a relative concept In poorer countries it means livingat the brink of subsistence while in our country few improvised familiesconfront starvation although many suffer from undernourishmentA key issue in the area of poverty is inequality Inequality has been a problemin all societies No society distributes income evenly Despite all theconceptual and technical problems of measurement the government has deviseda widely cited poverty index that reflects the different consumption requirementsof families depending on their size and composition on the sex and age ofthe family head and on weather they live in rural or urban areas Basedon past surveys the designers of the poverty index determined that familiesof three or more person spend approximately one-third of their income onfood Thus the poverty level for these families was therefore set at threetimes the cost of the economy food plan For smaller families and personsliving alone the cost of the economy food plan was multiplied by higherfactors in order to compensate for the larger fixed expenses of smallerhouseholds The poverty thresholds are updated every year to reflect changesin the consumer price index but overall rises in standard of living levingtonpage 147Another issue is that the poverty index has several flaws First it doesnot allow for regional variations in the cost of living or for higher costsin the central city areas where many of the poor are concentrated Secondthe flood costs for the budget were designed for temporary or emergence useand are thus inadequate for a perment diet because they provide only thebarest subsistence Finally the government statistics fall to take intoconsideration nonmonetary benefits and assets in determining the number ofpoor If these were counted the numbers in the official poverty ranks wouldbe
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