Britain is at a ‘turning point’ in its fight against poverty, which now affects more than one in five people, according to a new report. Published today, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) UK Poverty 2017 report, warns almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more children are now living in poverty than were five years ago. It adds poverty rates rose by 16% for pensioners and 30% for children in the last year alone and 14 million people now live in poverty in this country. The report also claims the continued squeeze on living standards risks storing up future problems for a ‘standstill generation’ who are unable to build foundations for a secure life. It claims one in eight workers live in poverty and 40% of working-age adults with no qualifications are living in poverty. And 3.2 million working-age people now spend more than a third of their income on housing. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart