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I have sent two other papers for passwords but my e-mail was messed up but now it is fine none Poverty is a lack of goods and services necessary to maintain a minimal adequate standard of living The definition of the term adequate varies however with the general standard of living in a society and with public attitudes toward deprivation No university accepted definition of basic needs exists because poverty is a relative concept In poorer countries it means living at the brink of subsistence while in our country few improvised families confront starvation although many suffer from undernourishment A key issue in the area of poverty is inequality Inequality has been a problem in all societies No society distributes income evenly Despite all the conceptual and technical problems of measurement the government has devised a widely cited poverty index that reflects the different consumption requirements of families depending on their size and composition on the sex and age of the family head and on weather they live in rural or urban areas Based on past surveys the designers of the poverty index determined that families of three or more person spend approximately one-third of their income on food Thus the poverty level for these families was therefore set at three times the cost of the economy food plan For smaller families and persons living alone the cost of the economy food plan was multiplied by higher factors in order to compensate for the larger fixed expenses of smaller households The poverty thresholds are updated every year to reflect changes in the consumer price index but overall rises in standard of living levington page 147 Another issue is that the poverty index has several flaws First it does not allow for regional variations in the cost of living or for higher costs in the central city areas where many of the poor are concentrated Second the flood costs for the budget were designed for
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