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Poverty and inequality are a product of how our society is organised.
People who find themselves living in poverty can stay living in that way through poor access to public services and social supports such as health, education and housing (click on the diagram to see a list of some public services).
If you are living on a limited income, you cannot pay privately for medical procedures instead of remaining on a waiting list; your children may not have equal access to education and you may suffer on a long waiting list if you are in need of social housing.
Around 15% of the population are ‘at risk of poverty’.
Social supports like a pension or unemployment benefit can help in reducing this kind of poverty. Without these supports, over 40% of children and nearly 90% of over 75s would be at risk of poverty.