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poverty lines 2022

the petrol’s going up again, the council tax is rising

the cost of gas is through the roof and over the horizon

there’s empty shops in every town, and empty factories too

now offices are closing down, the worst is coming true

we’ve people sleeping on the streets while others beg for change

there’s a food bank by the library and no one thinks it strange

retirement and care homes full of fear and desperation

at benefits and pensions rising well below inflation

and poverty is on the rise in working households too

victims of an economy that’s sadly gone askew

the multinational plutocrats pull strings from off the stage

and parliamentary puppets won’t provide a living wage

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