Published: 15th Feb 2019

A group of leading charities have urged the government to take ‘urgent steps’ to protect people and places in poverty from the financial consequences of Brexit, including no-deal. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), Shelter, Trussell Trust, Child Poverty Action Group, Action for Children, National Children’s Bureau, Poverty Alliance, Turn2us, Barnardos and ATD Fourth World have sent an open letter to all MPs, calling on the Government to address the risks facing low-income households, and step up their contingency plans as Whitehall prepares for no deal. With 14 million people already living in poverty, they warn that the risks posed by leaving the EU without a deal could lead to economic uncertainty and increases in the cost of living – pushing more people into hardship at a time when benefits are frozen. Analysis by JRF suggests that, even based on the Bank of England’s projected inflation in the event of a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)