“In work poverty hits record high as the housing crisis fuels insecurity”

One in every eight workers in the UK – 3.8 million people – is now living in poverty. A total of 7.4 million people, including 2.6 million children, are in poverty despite being in a working family. This means that a record high of 55 per cent of people in poverty are in working households. 

A recent report by the Rowntree Foundation has revealed that an estimated 3.8 million workers - one in eight – are in poverty, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).It said in-work poverty was up by 1.1 million since 2010-11, and 55% of those in poverty were in working families.  It blames high housing costs as a major contributor to this.  Low wages, zero hours contracts, part time working, benefit cuts, and sell-off of social housing is the legacy that 6 years of Tory-LibDem government and 18 months of Tory government has delivered.  In-work poverty has increased by 1.1 million since 2010-11.

Analysis of the recent Autumn Statement by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) suggested workers would feel the squeeze on pay for more than a decade – earning less in real terms in 2021 than they did in 2008.The Resolution Foundation also suggested that the biggest losers between now and 2020 would be lower income families, with the poorest third likely to see incomes drop.  Soaring private rents, are predicted to continue to rise even faster than house prices between now and 2020.  The biggest losers will be lower income families, with the lowest third likely to see their incomes drop.

That is why the Sheffield For Ten campaign is demanding an immediate increase in the minimum wage to £10 an hour.

Please come along to the demonstration in Sheffield on Saturday 17th December

Assemble 1 pm Devonshire Green

Rally at Barkers Pool with speakers

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