Almost a quarter of people living in Wales are trapped in poverty, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In a new report published today (7 March), the Foundation warns poverty is on the rise across Wales among pensioners, single people and couples with children, while progress on child poverty has stalled. The report blames a combination of rising living costs, cuts to working age benefits and poor quality jobs, which it claims has led to an increased risk of living in poverty for families both in and out of work. According to the report, 710,000 people in Wales are now living in poverty – including 185,000 children, 405,000 working-age adults and 120,000 pensioners. Wales also continues to have a larger proportion of its population living in poverty than England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In order to tackle this growing problem, the Foundation has called on the Welsh Government to ensure … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart