Young adults under 30 now make up the biggest share of those experiencing poverty in Scotland, according to new research by the New Policy Institute (NPI) for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). They are also the age-group at highest risk (25 per cent) of poverty and are the only age group to have seen an increase in poverty levels since 2003.
Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:
“The Chancellor was right to acknowledge that the British public has paid a high price for the economic downturn, with people on the lowest incomes hit the hardest. There was little in today’s Budget to enable those on the lowest incomes to be part of an economic recovery. Without action to tackle the root causes of low pay, the quality of work and the housing crisis, there’s a risk that people and places in poverty will be shut out of economic growth.”
Speaking ahead of the Budget Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:
“The UK cannot achieve its full economic potential while levels of poverty and disadvantage remain high. Many people are still struggling and poorer places have been hardest hit by cuts to services. JRF would like to see a Budget focused on supporting those in lower income households, meaning that everyone can share in and contribute to economic growth. We hope to see serious plans to cut in-work poverty and for tackling the housing crisis which would reduce the cost to the taxpayer while improving people’s living standards.”