The Web of Poverty

The Web of Poverty


Poverty is not a lifestyle choice. 

We don't believe that people choose to be in poverty. Rather, we believe that poverty and inequality can affect anyone, regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity.

We believe that poverty is more than just a lack of wealth. It reaches much wider than this, affecting individuals and whole communities.


The Web of Poverty


We describe poverty as a web that includes relational poverty, emotional poverty and spiritual poverty. People become trapped in this ‘web of poverty’ for many reasons including:

  • Non-existent or inaccessible jobs 
  • Domestic violence 
  • Poor educational opportunities and experiences
  • Lack of confidence to manage personal finances
  • Downward spiral of debt, with escape feeling impossible
  • Physical and mental health problems
  • Issues of addiction and isolation.


Download a copy of the web of poverty here


It is only by working TOGETHER that we will improve people's lives and lower poverty.

  There are a lot of misconceptions about poverty

  We recommend these resources by the Joint Public Issues Team: