The answers are relatively straightforward. Apart from paying decent benefits and appropriate pensions (neither of which happens in the UK at present) we also need to:
Build affordable social housing in sufficient quantity that everybody might enjoy it.
Ensure that essential public services, such as water, gas, electricity, telecoms and transport are affordably accessible to everyone.
Guarantee free healthcare and social care from cradle to grave.
Deliver high-quality education so that people can, if they wish, change their situations and are encouraged to do so.
Have a policy of full employment at a living wage.
All of this is possible, and entirely affordable. All we need to do is:
Have a genuinely progressive tax system of the sort that I describe in the Taxing Wealth Report 2024.
Turn private savings into public capital in the way that I describe here.
Have a government that makes the meeting of need its highest priority, rather than the servicing of the wants of the clients of the financial services industry the focus of its attention.
Have a government that believes in a genuinely mixed economy, which has to be the basis of our future prosperity. The market-based dogma of the right, and the state-based dogma of the left, cannot solve the problems of poverty: only mixing the best can do that.
Such a government would also, necessarily, be focussed on delivering sustainability, but those now in poverty do not threaten that. The threat to our planet comes from the wealthy.
It is simply not true that we do not know how to eliminate poverty.
Amzin’ how he doesn;t talk about the simplest method of reducin’ poverty – grow the economy so that everyone has more.