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poverty trap

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Definition of poverty trap in English:

noun

British
A situation in which an increase in someone’s income is offset by a consequent loss of state benefits, leaving them no better off.
Example sentences
  • At the same time, however, the city has a solid, and seemingly intractable core of families caught in the poverty trap, living on benefits, untrained and unequipped for the job market.
  • When my husband died I fell for the benefits line, not realising it would put me in the poverty trap for the rest of my life because I can't work and be better off.
  • Many are in a poverty trap, and they fill an increasing number of minimum-wage positions.

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