Britain is experiencing is a historic rise in the cost of living, inflation, and an ever-increasing number of people struggling to pay for their food and energy. The political leadership and the country’s welfare system – which was designed to take care of those who fall on hard times –failed to effectively address the problem.
However, the daily news is inundated with people who are resorting to desperate means to survive. Some of them are experiencing incredibly tight budgets for the first time in their lives. The downward social mobility of some members of British society is the most unfortunate aspect of these crisis. A rising economic inequality still remains one of the main issues that define and scar British society today.
According to the Social Mobility Foundation, there is an urgent need to tackle the root causes of this widening socio-economic gap between the poor and the rich. Working class and people of colour are the most disproportionately affected.
Important routes to changing one’s station in life remain exclusive to the certain people in Britain. Elite education, access to well-paying jobs, access to positions of power and influence, are still limited to most people.
For a society to take serious measures to address national poverty, it must first feel ashamed of the poverty that many communities experience right before the eyes of the economically better-off segments of society. These include the homeless, the disabled poor, the mentally ill, and many more where the welfare system has not proven completely helpful for them.
Growing insensitive to the daily hardships of our poor is a cruel act. Why should our society ignore the unignorable – the beggars on the streets, the homeless on pavements, and the rough sleepers; the refugees whose hopes for a better life in Britain proved elusive.
History shows us that nations come to their knees when few members refuse to share wealth and all the things we generally value in life. The response of those denied is the most common act of human nature: react angrily in protest and potential instability. We shouldn’t wait for the scary milestone. And unless we see tackling poverty as a collective responsibility, nobody is clear of a nation revolting in anger.