This item is taken from a report by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the Church of Scotland and the United Reformed Church.  For the supporting data and its sources see the full report (32 pp, 1.65 mb), which is available from the Methodist Church, via:

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The myths exposed in this report, reinforced by politicians and the media, are convenient because they allow the poor to be blamed for their poverty, and the rest of society to avoid taking any of the responsibility.

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