First and foremost, good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. My name is Asbjørn Hansen, and it is an absolute honor to attend this year’s Oxford Schools Regional Debate Competition.

Today, I am going to inform you all about the increasing poverty in the UK, and later I will discuss the different attitudes to poverty and the possible consequences of the current austerity policies.

Another disturbing fact that supports the poverty situation in the UK is increasing is that 1,5 million people in the UK experienced destitution in 2017, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

To those who are unsure or do not know about what destitution means, it is a term meaning the 1,5 million people had 10£ or less a day after housing costs. It could also mean that the 1,5 million people had gone without 2 or more essentials such as food, shelter, clothing, etc. for one month.

The UK is experiencing different challenges but the biggest challenge in my opinion is poverty. This is because it negatively affects so many different people, and even though the government, schools, organizations, etc. are trying their best to solve or interfere with the problem in a positive way, the situation is still very bad.