'Poverty linked to Troubles' - Academic

Published Tuesday, 26 August 2014
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Any resolution on dealing with the past in Northern Ireland must include tackling those people living in poverty because of their experiences during the Troubles, a Queen's academic has said.

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Research has revealed that more than a quarter of adults in Northern Ireland live without basic necessities like food, heat or clothing.

The study has also revealed that of those who had personally experienced the Troubles 36% of them suffer some kind of deprivation.

The figures were discovered in the largest study of its kind ever carried out in the UK which examined how a lack of money is impacting sections of society.

Compiled by Queen's University, the research found 38% of adults who had a relative injured in the Troubles suffered multiple deprivation; 45% for those who had a relative jailed; and 56% for those who recorded police or army searches of their home.

The highest level of deprivation, 58%, affected people who were forced to move house because of harassment.

Sociology Professor Mike Tomlinson from Queen's said the impact of violent conflict has a similar impact around the world.

He said: "Dealing with the past needs to include tackling the deprivation of those whose lives are most blighted by the years of conflict."

Across the UK, the study found that households below the minimum standard of living increased from 14% to 33% over the last 30 years, despite the size of the economy doubling.

It also showed that millions can't afford adequate housing, are too poor for social activities, can't heat their homes and are not properly fed.

Professor David Gordon, from the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, said: "Poverty and deprivation have increased since 2010, the poor are suffering from deeper poverty and the gap between the rich and poor is widening."

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21 Comments
Dee in Newtownabbey wrote (91 days ago):
James in Portavoe says this report is evidence of Sinn Fein, aided and abetted by the media manipulating statistics. Even though SF or any media outlets aren't even remotely mentioned in the report. Incredible. Absolutely incredible. The report is compiled by Queens University and has nothing whatsoever to do with Sinn Fein. Not one ioata. The mind boggles at the sheer paranoia and insecurity of some people. It's actually quite alarming that they are so detached from reality. The utter stupidity of the comment is almost laughable if it weren't so serious.
Larry in Belfast wrote (91 days ago):
Such a load of twaddle - There are more 4x4s being driven by paramilitaries on both sides of the divide, thugs making a fortune out of the trouble and drugs trade. With the benefits nowadays there should be no poverty, especially if the 'poor' would stop smoking and drinking, etc. The cost of these things is ridiculously high and the money that is wasted is phenomenal. A lot of those who have been forced out of their homes were police personnel and who can show me a poor police man or woman.
Jason Cantellaven in Belfast wrote (92 days ago):
The reason for the connection between poverty and the Troubles is obvious. The report said on average a quarter of the population in NI suffered from some kind of deprivation but significantly more people who personally experienced the Troubles had higher levels of deprivation. The reason is simple - it is because the majority of the Troubles took place in working class areas on both sides in the NI and that is where deprivation is significantly higher than middle class or upper class areas. Therefore it is obvious that the higher deprivation and Troubles link is not because of the Troubles itself but where the Troubles mostly took place which was the working class areas.
dave in Antrim wrote (92 days ago):
Go into any town and it's the same ones standing outside pubs 7 days A week and running to the bookie shop then crying into there beer when there dole is cut give them food stamps only like they do in the usa
toron cana in belfast wrote (92 days ago):
poverty linked to the troubles they have been coming out with that story for years. but I guess this academic coming out with it now keeps him in a job so he does not have to worry about being in poverty. the reason poverty is on the rise is because our politicians only talk about it and do nothing to help sort it out. the only party in my eyes that seem to be standing up for the people are sein fein by blocking the reforms. while the Dumb Unionist Party are willing to do anything that the british government want them to do even if it is going to make things worse for the people. and with northern Ireland being the most expensive part of the uk. riseing energy bills and food bills does not help anyone only the greedy companies. and with the companies offering zero hour contracts is in my opinion against the law. because if your in work you should be guaranteed a certain amount of hours but with zero hour contracts your not guaranteed anything. and people under these contracts are going to be the ones that are worst off because they could be working one day and another there not. and if your under theses contracts then your classed as working and cannot sign on. and with the companies paying low wages just proves to me that we now live in a capitalist economy were the government has lost control and the big companies and banks control everything.
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