JRF Response to IFS report on child and working-age poverty 2010 - 2013

In response to today’s report by the IFS, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), JRF Chief Executive Julia Unwin commented:

“We are very concerned about the future levels of child poverty and working-age poverty, as forecast in today’s report from the IFS.

“Recent announcements by the Coalition Government have focused on getting people back to work, but, as all our research shows, work alone is not enough to provide long-term sustainable routes out of poverty. We know, for example, that more children than ever from working households are living in poverty.

“We are also particularly worried about the forecast rise in poverty among childless adults – a group of people that has been neglected for far too long.

“This research highlights the need and urgency for an anti-poverty strategy that protects and supports the most vulnerable.

“We will be continuing to monitor the impact of policies on poverty levels and we will fund the IFS to publish forecasted figures on poverty to 2020 which will be published early in the New Year.”

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