The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is an independent social change organisation working to solve UK poverty.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) annual report revealed that children have the highest poverty rate throughout the last 20 years.
The 2019/20 edition of JRF’s annual report explains the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip. Below is a summary of the report. You can read the full report by following the link at the end.
JRF’s report shows the struggles of living with poverty.
“The research. This is a summary of the 2019/20 edition of JRF’s annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip.” “
It highlights how poverty has changed in our society recently, as well as over the longer term. It examines overall changes to poverty, with chapters looking at the impact of work, the social security system and housing, and shows how carers and people with disabilities are affected by poverty.”
“For a decent standard of living, we all need security and stability in our lives – secure housing, a reliable income, and support when things get difficult. For too many of us, there is no such security. “
“Millions of people in the UK are struggling to get by, leading insecure and precarious lives. Held back from improving their living standards.”
“It’s time to take action on poverty and put this right. In this summary, we set out what we need to do to turn the tide on poverty.”
By the Evidence and Impact team
at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).
FEBRUARY 2020 UK Poverty 2019/20
Summary – Key findings.
“As concern about poverty in our society rises, there’s an opportunity to right this wrong and take action to reduce our high poverty levels.”
“At times during the last 20 years, the UK has dramatically reduced poverty among people who had traditionally been most at risk – pensioners and children – showing that real progress is possible. But this progress has begun to unravel.”
“In particular, you are much more likely to be in poverty if you live in certain regions.”
“In particular, you are much more likely to be in poverty if you live in certain regions, live in a family where there’s a disabled person or a carer, if you work in certain sectors such as accommodation and catering or retail, or if you live in privately rented housing.”
“As part of this project, we have spoken to lone parents on low incomes, whose experiences chime with our research findings. They spoke of insecurity across many aspects of their lives. ‘Dehumanising’ work, feeling trapped ‘in a never-ending circle’ by the benefits system, and feeling ‘stuck’ in unaffordable or insecure housing with ‘no alternative’.”
“Much of the world of work, social security and the housing market was designed based on decisions about our society’s priorities and resources.”
“We can choose to redesign them so they loosen poverty’s grip and work better for everyone. These policy solutions would help:-
We need as many people as possible to be in good jobs. While the proportion of people in employment has risen consistently for six years, weak local economies in some parts of the country have led to higher unemployment, underemployment and more low pay than in the UK as a whole. This needs to change, with prospects for people in struggling places needing to be prioritised, or progress will stall.
In addition, employment among disabled people and carers is still low, and they should be supported to work when they can.
“We need to improve earnings for low-income working families.”
We need to improve earnings for
low-income working families, helping people in the lowest-paid jobs or working
part-time. Too many people are stuck in low-paid, insecure jobs, with little
chance of progression and too few hours of work to reach a decent living
Workers need more security, better training and opportunities to progress, particularly in part-time jobs. In-work poverty must be seen as a critical issue for our economy and given high priority by economic policy-makers.
“We need to strengthen the benefits system so that it provides the anchor that people need in tough times.”
We need to strengthen the
benefits system so that it provides the anchor that people need in tough times.
The current system needs to be improved to ensure it gives adequate support. We
also need the system to offer a better service for people using it, and to
shift public thinking so that a poverty-fighting social security system is seen
as an essential public service and receives sustainable investment.
We need to increase the amount of low-cost housing available for families on low incomes and increase support for people with high housing costs. We also need to address the sense of insecurity felt by many people living in the private rented sector.
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