Report paints a stark picture of the new face of poverty

Responding to the Institute for Fiscal Studies report, Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2016, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of JRF, said:

“This report paints a stark picture of the new face of poverty in the UK. Falling unemployment has helped many families to keep their heads above the water, but slow wage growth, benefit squeezes and rises in the cost of essentials means there are still a shamefully high number living in poverty in the UK today. The fact that an increasing number of people in work are living in poverty shows that we need urgent, wide-ranging action to make a real difference in the living standards of low income households. It is vital that politicians work with business, individuals and local communities to solve UK poverty once and for all. Better pay and job security, improving skills and lowering costs such as childcare and housing would go a long way towards raising the living standards of those currently struggling to get by.”

IFS Report - Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK: 2016