the recent report by The Financial Inclusion Alliance, some 6.5 million people
are now part of Britain’s ‘working poor’.
The report warns
there are now more working people living in poverty than those who are
unemployed. More people in rent arrears
who are in work than those who are unemployed and more children living in
poverty with parents who are working than those who are unemployed.
Norman Pickavance, co-founder of the Financial Inclusion
“There is one thing every single member of the working poor has in common; they all have an employer.
“Business must start putting financial inclusion first if it wants to improve employee wellbeing and performance.
“We have to give this issue the prominence it deserves if post-Brexit Britain is going to compete with the rest of the world.”
Council tax bills are contributing to working families being in poverty.
The Bevan Foundation is Wales’ most influential and innovative think tank. They aim to develop lasting solutions to poverty, inequality and injustice and help to improve people’s lives.
April is the first month people will pay higher rates, which rose by an average of 6.5%. Some councils putting their bills up by more than 9%.
The Welsh Government said councils were given “the best settlement possible.”
people are estimated to be living in poverty in Wales. More than half are families with at least one
adult in work, the Bevan Foundation said.
Dr. Steffan Evans of the Bevan Foundation said:
“High costs of living are a significant factor in pushing families into poverty and higher council tax bills are just one part of this problem.
“With incomes not growing at the same rate as living costs over recent years, many households across Wales have felt the pinch.”
A record 2.9 million children from working families in the UK are living in poverty.
Latest figures show that after housing costs have been paid, 2.9 million
children from working families in the UK are living in poverty.
This means 70% of
all poor children were in working families last year, up from 67% on the
previous year, official statistics show.
The face of child
poverty is also getting younger with 53% of poor children aged under five, data
The government said
that tackling poverty was its priority.
Analysis of the statistics, published by the Department for Work and Pensions, shows the high cost of housing in the UK is pushing more working families over the poverty line.
‘Hard working families are unable to make ends meet.’
calculations by the National Housing Federation (NHF), nearly a third more
children, 193,000, are now living in such meagre circumstances because of
spiralling rents and mortgage costs, compared with 2010.
which represents housing associations, points to a lack of social housing being
built over the same period, as well as a lack of affordability of home
It is calling for
the government to urgently invest more money in social housing.
NHF chief executive
Kate Henderson said:
“Year after year hundreds of thousands more hard-working families are falling into poverty – forced to choose between feeding and clothing their children, or providing a roof over their heads.
“We are now seeing the full effects of low pay, benefit cuts and the housing crisis. The lack of affordable homes is exacerbating in-work poverty.”
Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, said:
employment, today’s figures reveal that 70% of children living under the
poverty line have at least one parent in work.
“That is not
an economy that is working for everyone.
“The increase in child poverty in working families was widely anticipated and could have been avoided.”
A government spokesperson said it took the numbers extremely seriously, adding: “Employment is at a record high, wages are outstripping inflation and income inequality and absolute poverty is lower than in 2010.
“But we know some families need more support, which is why we continue to spend £95bn a year on working-age benefits.
“We are looking at what more can be done to help the most vulnerable and improve their life chances.”
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