Poverty is a deliberate political decision. It doesn't happen by accident. And poverty is about inequality. It is inequality that increases crime, increases poor health, increases poor education and reduces overall quality of life.
It was the ancient Greek philosophers who discovered that happiness does not necessarily increase once you get past a certain level of wealth. It is not the amount of material possessions that increase quality of life but participating in rewarding activities, the quality of your environment and the co-operation of your community, friends and relatives.
The right wing uses poverty as a warning, they believe it is needed to stimulate everyone else to work harder. Also it is not wealth that satisfies the rich, but inequality itself, having status and looking down on those worse off is what makes a lot of them happy. But it doesn't have to be this way.
When the Tories say they are converts to reducing inequality, we must be very suspicious. Their whole philosophy is built on inequality, it would go against their very principles to do anything other than widen it.
The majority of people believe that the gap between rich and poor is too wide in this country. It takes a great deal of media massaging of the truth and over-complication of the issues, making use of a unrepresentative electoral system, corrupted political parties and distorted economic system to maintain the privileges of the few at the expense of the majority who would like to see a more equitable system.