Published: 13th Jan 2021

Families in poverty may find it much harder to recover from the current third lockdown, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has warned. The JRF’s annual report on poverty in the UK warns even before the pandemic, little progress had been made on tackling poverty, and child poverty has been steadily rising. The report says there has been a consistent rise in poverty among working people in recent years with almost a quarter (23%) of workers in the lowest paid sectors of retail, and accommodation and food living in poverty in 2018/19 – more likely to be women, young people and from ethnic minorities. And while hourly pay has risen since 2014 because of increases in the minimum wage, lower-paid employees were offered fewer hours and little chance to progress at work. The report also finds a third (35%) of Bangladeshi and Pakistani workers were in poverty in 2018/19 – around three times … (To read the full article, subscribe below)