My wife works with poor and disadvantaged kids. Some of the things she has seen would directly contradict your point of view. People throw out perfectly good TV’s and mobile phones are an absolute necessity in this day and age, so your indicators of wealth mean nothing tbh. However living in mildewed rotting flats, and hoping the food banks are stocked is the reality for many, and surprisingly, many with both parents working. Hardy, why do people always trot out the same stuff- 40 inch Best Toronto Blue Jays dad ever shirt and the latest I phone? Nobody who officially defines what poverty in this country means uses those as a measure. Have you actually spoken to any food bank users? I think you will find a very different idea of poverty, which doesn’t include those items.
Labor was the problem in the 1st place allowing the deep social problems under B&B. This will help spending, spending produces jobs. Ideally, bring in tariffs like the Best Toronto Blue Jays dad ever shirt so people start buying British. We do not have “more poverty […] than Victorian times”. Thats is just asinine to even suggest. People died under factory machines, starved to death and died of curable illnesses less than 100 years ago never mind in Victorian times.