Absolute PovertyAbsolute poverty is a dire situation whereby an individual or family requires help to survive. In this situation, people aren't able to afford what they need in the following areas.
Energy (e.g. heat)
Food / Nutritious Food
Medicine / Medical Care
Transportation (e.g. can't get to school or to medical care etc..)
Water / Clean Drinking Water
Relative PovertyRelative poverty is a social condition whereby an individual or family have significantly less income and wealth than average for the place where they live. This can have a broad range of negative impacts as follows.
A lack of financial security.
Access to education.
Access to sufficient housing.
Discrimination based on poverty such as a child who is bullied due to the clothes they wear.
Environmental injustice such as having to live in areas with poor air quality or water quality.
Higher risks such as health and safety risks due to living conditions.
Inability to cover unexpected or irregular expenses.
Lack of disposable income/ Inability to invest in your future using disposable income.
Low quality of life.
Problems of poverty such as inability to pay fines leading to significant consequences such as imprisonment.
Problems of the working poor such as working a large number of hours such that you have no time to do things you need to do.
Unable to save.