Report highlights the grip of poverty on the UK

By Agencies
February 7, 2020

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released  the 2019/20 edition of its annual report on the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and how it affects people who are caught in its grip.The research highlights poverty’s grip on the UK and found that:

  • 56 per cent of people in poverty are in a working family
  • Four million people in poverty are disabled and a further three million live in a household with someone who has a disability
  • Single parents have been swept fastest into poverty, with three in 10 now struggling to stay afloat compared with just two in 10 a decade ago

Claire Ainsley, Executive Director of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation said: “Millions of families care for each other, raise their children and work hard without any guarantee that they will escape poverty – governments, employers and landlords all have a role to play in changing this. It’s not right that so many are unable to build a firm foundation to their lives because their jobs are insecure or they can’t find a home they can afford".

“Without a better deal for working families, and a social security system that provides a public service for all of us, the UK faces further division and deeper poverty. That better deal needs to encompass the basics we all need – from building new homes to funding social security and bringing better jobs to all parts of the country".

Commenting on the report, the Trussell Trust’s chief executive, Emma Revie, said: “The findings from JRF’s report today could not be clearer: for too many people it’s becoming harder and harder to keep their heads above water.

 “At food banks, we’re seeing issues with our benefits system, like the five week wait for Universal Credit and payments not covering the cost of living, pushing more people than ever before to food banks. This isn’t right. But it is something we can change.

“We need to start putting money back into the pockets of people who most need support, by ending the five week wait for Universal Credit; ensuring benefit payments cover the cost of living; and investing in local emergency support for people in crisis. 

“As a country, we can’t shy away from the changes that would make a real difference to pull people out of poverty and ultimately, end the need for food banks in the UK. It’s in our power to make a change.”

*Download  UK Poverty 2019/20 here

* Trussell Trust https://www.trusselltrust.org/

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

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