60 per cent live in a home where at least one person has job
A RECORD three-fifths of people living in poverty now come from a household with at least one person in work, researchers revealed yesterday.
The Cardiff University study said that Tory cuts to tax credits had pushed Britain’s in-work poverty figure to its highest documented level.
It found that the risk of poverty for adults living in homes where at least one person is employed rose by more than a quarter over a 10-year period from 2004-5 to 2014-15.
And the researchers reported that rocketing housing costs were also hitting hard, with those in private-rented accommodation more at risk than owner-occupied households.
Dr Rod Hick, who led the study, said: “Our research shows that tax credits have proven quite highly effective in reducing in-work poverty, for families who received them.
“However, tax credits are received by less than half of working poor households, through a combination of design and low take-up.
“In particular, working poor families without children have very low rates of tax credit receipt.”
And Dr Hick warned: “If policy does not do more to tackle rising housing costs directly, then it seems likely that these will eat up gains made elsewhere — for example, in terms of the planned increases in the minimum wage.”
The report made a number of recommendations to tackle the problems including reversing cuts to tax credits and universal credit and doing more to deal with high housing costs, particularly in the private-rented sector.
People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn told the Star: “Despite PM Theresa May’s rhetoric on employment this is the reality of working in Tory Britain today.
“People can’t afford to feed their families, to pay their bills and to pay their rent in order to live in dignity.
“This is why Theresa May is hiding from the public in this election campaign. This is the reality of their policies.
“And the Establishment are doing all they can to hide the truth about a weak and wobbly government.”