Published: 20th Jun 2019

Severe poverty is highest in London, the IFS say. Credit: Claire Jones-Hughes from Pixabay Britain’s number of working poor has shot up since the mid-1990s with millions more people in poverty living in working households, new research has found. The findings, published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), show that both the proportion of those in poverty who live in working households and the number of working people living in relative poverty both went up from 1994 to 2017. The share of poverty accounted for by working households rose from 37% to 58% in 2017, while the number of working people in relative poverty also jumped to reach 8 million people. The institute has blamed rising housing costs, pensioners being better off, and weak earnings growth for the rise in the numbers of the working poor. Despite this, the IFS says the figures should also … (To read the full article, subscribe below)