In June, 2012 over 130 people crowded into a meeting to discuss the Cost of Poverty in BC, hosted by Raise the Rates. A panel of experts, both from life and research, movingly outlined some of the many costs. BC has the worst poverty and inequality in Canada and it costs the public $billions and causes great suffering and stress to many families and individuals. Over half a million people in work and on welfare are all forced to live in poverty.
People in poverty cannot eat a healthy diet; they do not have enough money. Poverty causes ill health, more hospital visits and poor people die younger. Children in poverty can suffer even before they are born. Relying on charity can be harmful to people’s self-respect.
Poverty costs each person in BC $2,100 a year. Ending poverty would save billions of dollars.
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