United Kingdom - In work poverty on the rise? - December 31, 2018

According to a new report by the Joseph Rowntree foundation, in-work poverty is on the rise and even rising faster than employment. At this moment 4 million workers, equalling one in eight workers, have an income below the poverty line. The number of children from a working family that live in poverty rose more steeply than at any time for 20 years and has now reached a total number of 4.1 million children living in poverty. The Joseph Rowntree foundation defines the poverty line as being 60% of the median income, adjusted for size and type of household. The government does not agree with the outcomes of the report and, on the contrary, claims that poverty has been reduced with 1 million fewer people living in absolute poverty than in 2010.

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