Last month the Joseph Rowntree Foundation reported that millions of households cannot make ends meet despite at least one adult working full-time. Their research found that 2.6 million households, or 60% of those where the total income is below the charity’s minimum income standard, included at least one working adult. At the same time, child poverty statistics predict worrying increases in poverty levels. The number of children living in poverty is forecast to be 3.8 million by 2020, up from 2.3 million. As a local Labour councillor it’s no secret that I firmly believe government could and should do more to stop this. But I also believe there is a strong leadership role that local councils can take to help make things better for local people. Local councils and the people that lead them have a position of responsibility and it’s up to us to try new and different ways … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Ben Curran is Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for finance and resources.
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