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The state of being deprived of the essentials of well-being, such as adequate housing, food, sufficient income, employment, access to required social services and social status. The most commonly used threshold of low income in the UK is a household income that is ≤ 60% of the average (median) British household income. In 2008/9, poverty was defined in terms of the amount of money left after income tax, council tax and housing costs (rent, mortgage interest, buildings insurance and water charges) have been deducted: £119 per week for single adult with no dependent children and £288 per week for a couple with two dependent children under 14. These sums of money represent what the household has left to spend on food, heating, travel, entertainment, and any needs or wants. In 2008/09, 13 million people in the UK were living in households below this low-income threshold—i.e., 22% of the population—compared 12 million at that level in 2004/05.
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(pov′ĕrt-ē) [Fr. poverté, fr L. paupertas]
The condition of having an inadequate supply of money, resources, or means of subsistence. In 2010 in the U.S., for example, a family of four earning less than $22,000 was considered to live in poverty.

poverty of thought

The mental state of being devoid of thought and having a feeling of emptiness.
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Across Britain there were 3,495 paupers' funerals in 2013/14, at a combined cost of PS3.4m.
She said she believed the rise in pauper's funerals was "due to the recession, low wages and generally austerity, and also the fact that family life has changed".
Green explores removals, by which paupers could be passed to their home parishes.
Levante are paupers compared with Real Madrid and Barcelona and Black said: "They don't have big-name players but they have a lot of experience and players who have been with them for years.
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He's been successful with the club, despite being relative paupers in the Premier League, where he's spent hardly anything apart from the odd big transfer.
The artwork results from the Knights, Paupers and Dragons project commissioned by the St George's Historical Society to preserve the history of the old St George's Hospital, formerly the county's pauper lunatic asylum.
We aren't princes or paupers, we're somewhere in the middle.
The English New Poor Law of 1834 was harsh enough, mandating that paupers receive meager relief only in the workhouse so that they would take any jobs they could.
People who are disabled, "paupers," and people who conscientiously oppose firearms would be exempt.