Living Wage and Ending Poverty

In public policy, a living wage or subsistence wage is the minimum income necessary for a worker to meet basic needs. These needs include shelter (housing) and other incidentals such as clothing and nutrition. The notion should be a 32 to 24 hour work week, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality and quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation. In addition to this definition, living wage activists further define “living wage” as the wage equivalent to the poverty line for a family of four.
The living wage differs from the minimum wage in that the latter is set by law and can fail to meet the requirements of a living wage $7.50 an hour maintains poverty while $15 to $25 and hour allows people to live a quality life. or is so low that borrowing or application for top-up benefits is necessary. It differs somewhat from basic needs in that the basic needs model usually measures a minimum level of consumption, without regard for the source of the income.
Living wage is defined by the wage that can meet the basic needs to maintain a safe, decent standard of living within the community and have the ability to save for future needs and goals. To meet living wage people need to make about $12.50 an hour. Currently the minimum wage across the US is $7.25, which is well below living wage. In the 20th century living wage campaigns were launched by community initiatives in the US addressing increasing poverty faced by workers and their families. They argued that employee, employer, and the community win with a living wage. Employees would be more willing to work, helping the employer reduce worker turnover ratio and it would help the community when the citizens have enough to have a decent life. Employers frequently make more than the average employee.
Poverty threshold is the income necessary for a household to be able to consume a low cost, nutritious diet and purchase non-food necessities in a given country. Poverty lines and living wages are measured differently. Poverty lines are measured by household units and living wage is based on individual workers.
A related concept is that of a family wage – one sufficient to not only support one self, but also to raise a family. And give people a freer life to pursue goals and dreams.
When workers aren’t paid enough wages to live decently in the community they live in, they are forced to seek public assistance such as welfare, medical insurance and subsidized housing. This puts a person in need into slavery and servitude. Raising the minimum wage to twice the national amount would bring workers to just above the poverty line. However, in the more expensive Urban areas, it would still be insufficient to meet the cost of living which can be $18.00 per hour or more.
The Universal Income should also allow for a quality life. People In a living wage and Universal income should not be managed into poverty and bare basics, this would only cause more alcoholism and addiction, despair, and hopelessness.
People need to express their full personality. This method is frequently termed as Utopia. It seems that Conservatives are afraid of the future and hate democracy and equality. We do not need to continue inhuman systems of social divisions.
A Non living wage and matching Universal Income relegates people to the bottom. Calculations show each person in the USA could start with $30,000 a year. This would give America an affluent society, create more jobs, and 100% employment since people will work at what they imagine.


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