'Rising levels of in-work poverty have contributed to an “unacceptable” increase in the number of UK children trapped in poverty, according to a damning new report published today.
In their new report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) warns of a “relentless” rise over the last five years in the number of working families who are struggling to make ends meet, resulting in around one in five UK children living below the breadline.
The annual state of the nation report highlights how improvements seen in recent years in the numbers of people in work have been outpaced by soaring in-work poverty rates. A staggering eight million people living in poverty today come from households where at least one person is in work.
According to the report, there are now four million working people in the UK who are trapped below the official poverty line, who come from households whose annual earnings are less than 60% of the UK average.
JRF says the rise in in-work poverty is driven by parents becoming trapped in low-paid and insure jobs, increases to the minimum wage outweighed by tax and benefit changes, and a growing shortage in the number of genuine affordable homes.
The thinktank is calling on the UK government to end the freeze to working age benefits, invest in at least 80,000 affordable homes, and also encourage employers to pay workers the Real Living Wage.'
Read more: Rising in-work poverty fueling Britain’s child poverty epidemic
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