Wed Oct 13th, 2021 at 05:23:10 PM EST
In 25 years more poverty has stricken and children with no breakfast send to school.
Children in poverty in the Netherlands
Poor kids face disadvantages from birth, new research finds
Children who grow up poor fall behind their richer peers early in life, according to new research from the Erasmus School of Economics,
reported in the Dutch News.
A study of 153,000 children from ages zero to 14 years found that the children of richer parents do better across the board, in terms of health, behavioural issues and education.
Causes The stress of poverty also plays a big role. Cheap food is often less nutritionally dense, which can lead to health problems. And parents who are working long hours may have less time and energy to take their children to the park to play or to talk to them, the researchers say. Poverty itself can lead to people having lower IQs. Other research has shown that when people are no longer poor, they score better on cognitive intelligence tests.
England and disgrace of Brexit hitting home ... yet the Remainers and Leavers are steadfast in a divided nation ...
Winter of Discontent of 1978 Brought Margaret Thatcher
Some of the things I've seen on television, read in the newspapers, and heard directly from you in factories and shopping centres make me wonder what has happened to our sense of common nationhood and even of common humanity.
We've seen strikes called before agreements have ended. We've seen them used as a weapon of first resort, not as the last step after everything else has failed. We've seen industrial action directed straight at the public to make you suffer--directed even at the sick and disabled. That sort of action damages the reputation of all trade unionists. Most of whom don't agree with it. [end p1]
We've seen picketing that threatens to bring the country to its knees--emptying our shops, endangering our farms, closing our factories, taking our jobs. Picketing was meant to be about `peaceful persuasion' at the scene of the dispute. The result of recent legislation and practice is that today almost any determined group can strangle the country.
The ECB is at the root of the Dutch affordable housing shortage
The core of the Dutch housing problem is due to the policies of the European Central Bank. For more than eight years now, the ECB has been trying – in vain – to achieve a certain level of inflation, through large-scale buybacks of government bonds combined with keeping interest rates low for an extended period of time. Peter Hein van Mulligen, the chief economist of the Dutch government’s statistical office CBS, recently demonstrated that the main cause of the high house prices in the Netherlands is not so much a shortage of housing, but the persistently low interest rates.
Urban property: prices, ownership and occupancy
In July 2018, in a joint statement to the United Nations, the cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Montreal, Montevideo, New York and Paris declared that citizens’ rights to affordable housing are being jeopardised following the growing influence of speculators, investors and mass tourism on urban property markets.
The expanding role of financial actors on the housing market is referred to as the financialisation of housing. Although this development is not univocally considered problematic, significant concerns have been raised about its effects on affordability, accountability and liveability.