We now have in the year 2017 more people in the UK living in poverty than in the 1950’s.
Living standard for those on low incomes in the UK is pretty poor and there is over 20% of the population, compared to just below 2% in the 1950’s, in this position. That is a number of around 13 million people and this number has been increasing year on year for the last seven years.
Closely linked to this is the increase in the numbers of homeless or rough sleepers, now living in London and other cities throughout the UK. In a city that boasts over 50 billionaires with a combined wealth of £200 billion it feels a social injustice there should be such extreme diversity.
The number of food banks and people using them continues to increase in tandem with these trends. There are many reasons for homelessness and when living on the poverty line and with no safety net in the case a sudden need for money to use for some unforeseen circumstance can push a family or individual into this situation.
Whatever your political view it is the facts that unless this issue is addressed it will only get worse. When there are those with so much it is surely morally and unjustifiably wrong to have such poverty and homelessness within our towns and cities.
With the New Year we all make our resolution and at the time we all have the absolute intention of sticking to them. So this year I will spell them out here so cometh the end of 2017 I can look back and check I stuck to my word.
In 2016 I had been working on writing a book or three. They are almost there but still need a little more work. There are three I am currently working on and my resolution is to have them all completed and published by the time the clock strikes midnight on 31st December 2017.
No 1: The first is a novella. The title is still to be confirmed but is looking to be ‘Lauren’s Story’. This is about a teenage girl living in an abusive and dysfunctional family who leaves home and ends up living rough on the street of London. The story is based loosely on a true story (I will blog a little more about Lauren as her character develops in my book).
No 2: The second is a collection of short stories I have that I simply really like. I don’t want to turn them into a full novel as they seem to fit well in the short story category. These cross a number of genres from literary fiction to thriller/crime and others that I am not quite sure where they should be.
No 3: Complete my full novel that is currently three quarters complete in draft format. I don’t have a title for this at the moment but will blog it out when I do. This one is a thriller with the main character Vincent Velussi as a successful businessman being blackmailed. To protect his marriage, his career and his reputation he embezzles money from the company he works to pay the blackmailers off. It doesn’t end there and a number of twists and turns along the way follow.
Until then I wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to interacting with you all in the year ahead.