Published: 31st Mar 2020

The government must do more to protect people on low incomes from the impact of coronavirus, says the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The call comes following the publication of data by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that shows that the country entered the pandemic period with 14.5 million people already living in poverty, including 8.1 million people in working families. The data also shows average incomes of the poorest fifth of people have been falling since 2016/17. To help improve the safety net for people in difficult financial circumstances, JRF has published a policy briefing with three recommendations for government. • Provide people with the security of staying in work by extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to workers taking time off work for childcare or to self-isolate, and extending the Scheme to those reducing working hours as well as those who are being granted a leave of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)