1. Not going to able to answer your question entirely, but something that stuck out to me during a semi-recent spell as a registered homeless person: the help is there, but only if you’re about to become homeless, or if you get a residence and need help to reintegrate into society.

  2. I’ve travelled quite a bit and have seen evidence of homelessness and poverty almost everywhere so I think your point about only having seen this in developing countries is incorrect. Homelessness is a complex issue. In answer to your question about support available, see the below from UK charity Centre Point.

  3. I didn't say that I see homelessness and poverty only in developing countries. I said that I haven't seen it to this extent outside second and third world nations. So I'm interested in learning more about this to figure it out. But thanks for the information and answering.

  4. Unemployment benefits are pathetically low, we have a homeless problem that's only being made worse due to... reasons (rule 5!) and costs are going up and up. The support for people who are homeless is being stripped back as well.

  5. Nobody has to starve, there are charities, religious groups and volunteer organisations that offer free food to anyone. Whether everyone who needs it, knows where to go, is a slightly different issue, and whether anyone should ever need those is another conversation.

  6. I know about skid row. But of course, the social safety net in u.s is something different and the U.S is also close to matching second-world metrics. It's barely a first-world nation. The average life expectancy is even lower than in some second world countries.

  7. A lot of the comments explain how the social safety net has slowly been eroded over time which is true but another factor is that the British public can actually be quite generous. A lot of people will fight over prime spots where they can actually earn significantly higher than minimum wage. This is the case in Manchester at least, I don’t know much about Norwich but I imagine it’s a similar situation.

  8. On point no.1 - people don't always need to be addicts to get thrown out by their parents. Some teenagers come from dysfunctional families, where it's the parents who are the "issue" and the toxic environment is one the young people need to avoid for multiple reasons. But complaining about having inadequate parents and feeling unsafe isn't enough to get you somewhere else to live.

  9. It doesn’t really offer enough for food and bills though. Most councils now charge tenants on benefits 15% of the council tax bill and not everyone has their full rent covered. So if someone has £325 standard allowance over 25 rate Universal credit it could be split like this: £25 for paying back UC advance payment or other debt. £150 gas and electric. £30 water. £25 council tax. So that’s £230 spent and less than £100 left for the month’s food, transport, clothing, and rent charge if the housing element doesn’t cover the full rent.

  10. I’m going to take a guess and say you’ve not really travelled all that much to “first world” countries if Norwich took you by surprise lol

  11. I travel a lot, I haven't lived permanently anywhere since 2018, there are 7 European nations I haven't been to, And England is the only place except Hungary, Poland, and Romania where locals have approached me begging for food. Poverty in a first-world nation does not take me by surprise. Local people begging for food does when you haven't experienced it before. And I Experienced more of it in England than in Hungary and Poland. So I suspected it must be something about my particular area in England or the safety net itself. So I asked to find out. Not to make some sort of a claim that England or Norwich is the poorest place in a developed country or something like that.

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