IFS poverty forecasts: Budget needs to support families on a precipice

2nd Mar 2017

Responding to the IFS report Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2016–17 to 2021–22, Campbell Robb, chief executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), said:

“These troubling forecasts show millions of families across the country are teetering on a precipice, with 400,000 pensioners and over one million more children likely to fall into poverty and suffer the very real and awful consequences that brings if things do not change.

“One of the biggest drivers of the rise in child poverty is policy choices, which is why it is essential that the Prime Minister and Chancellor use the upcoming Budget to put in place measures to stop this happening. An excellent start would be to ensure families can keep more of their earnings under the Universal Credit.”