Tories Poverty Hits 14 Million Including 4.5 Million Children


More than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living below the breadline, with more than half trapped in poverty for years, according to a new measure aimed at providing the most sophisticated analysis yet of material disadvantage in the UK.

It finds poverty is especially prevalent in families with at least one disabled person, in single-parent families and in households where no one works or that are dependent for income on irregular or zero-hours jobs.

It was developed by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC), an independent body bringing together poverty specialists from across the political spectrum to devise a successor to the child poverty targets abolished as an official measure in 2015.

From the Guardian ...
The SMC’s most significant innovation is to build core living costs such as rent and childcare into its poverty measure. This recognises that even a relatively comfortable income is no guarantee that people can meet basic material needs if it is eaten up by unavoidable weekly outgoings.
The findings are likely to result in fresh scrutiny of the impact of austerity and labour market changes over the past few years, particularly the billions of pounds of cuts and freezes to welfare and disability benefits, and the rise of insecure zero-hours work.

This is the most visible end result of Tories Austerity Policies, while the wealthiest in our society grow richer, daily.

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