More people in work, but many still trapped in poverty

Responding to today's employment figures Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said:

“Whilst it is welcome that more people are in work than ever before, the combination of low pay, stagnating wages and a lack of progression opportunities is locking more people in poverty. 1 in 8 workers are living in poverty and once inflation is taken into account, average workers are still earning £25 per week less than 10 years ago.

“It is not right that so many workers are being swept into poverty by a tide of low pay and rising living costs. Measures to improve skills and progression are important but will take time. The Government can right the wrong of in-work poverty immediately by enabling low paid workers to keep more of their earnings by increasing the work allowances in Universal Credit.”