A report carried out by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) showed a rise of 400,000 m children and 300,000 pensioners living in poverty.
The three main factors associated with reducing poverty are now under scrutiny as a result of the report. The factors are increased support through benefits, a rise in employment and regulation of rent.
The report has resulted in pressure being placed on the current government. JRF urge the government to unfreeze benefits, increase training for young adults and develop a more efficient housing programme for low-income families.
The report further outlines the driving factors of future poverty. They state that education and skills are the two biggest predictors of future poverty. They go on to say that young people and adults need the appropriate training in order to gain qualifications. A significant factor is the gap in attainment between students from richer and poorer backgrounds.
MP Dan Jarvis took to twitter to express his views surrounding the reports findings.
UK is 5th largest economy yet 14million ppl live in #poverty, incl: 3/10 children, 1/6 pensioners & nearly 1/3 of disabled ppl. A society should be judged by how it looks after its most vulnerable; this Tory govt is institutionalising neglect. #solveukpoverty https://t.co/0nLIWDAHtt
— Dan Jarvis (@DanJarvisMP) December 4, 2017
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:
Tory austerity has caused untold suffering and pushed hundreds of thousands more pensioners and children into poverty.
Labour will put a stop to this national scandal and govern for the many, not the few. pic.twitter.com/dRsXRoglBt
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) December 3, 2017
The chief executive for JRF, Campbell Robb said: “These worrying figures suggest that we are at a turning point in our fight against poverty.”
“Political choices, wage stagnation and economic uncertainty mean that hundreds of thousands more people are now struggling to make ends meet.”
[Feature image: Flickr user Neil Moralee]
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