Incomes of poorest families 'likely to fall even lower', says JRF

By agency reporter
May 9, 2017

Campbell Robb, chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has warned  “Whoever wins the general election, households who are already struggling face the risk of falling further into poverty - unless action is taken after June’s vote. We need to see the parties bring forward plans in their manifestos to ease the strain."

Responding to the Institite for Fiscal Studies report, Incomes and inequality: the last decade and the next parliament, he said, “These troubling figures show families on low incomes could suffer a painful five-year squeeze on their living standards. Stagnant incomes, a freeze on working-age benefits and rising costs means millions of families are struggling to make ends meet. Incomes for the poorest fifth of the population are likely to fall even lower over the next Parliament, whilst those among the rest of the population grow. 

“Over the next Parliament the focus should be on making sure that people can improve their prospects and get on at work, boosting productivity and pay in all parts of the UK, and ensuring people’s incomes keep pace with the cost of essentials.”

The warning comes as the campaign for the 8 June 2017 General Election hots up, but with ethical and policy issues taking a back seat to arguments over leadership and Brexit. 

* The IFS report, Incomes and inequality: the last decade and the next parliament is here

* Joseph Rowntree Foundation https://www.jrf.org.uk/

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