Poverty is taking a hold on UK families – what can we do?

jrf‘high housing costs, low-paid work and a weakening support system are trapping families in poverty’

 

Extract from JRF article by Helen Barnard, 29th Mar 2018 -

Today is the anniversary of the triggering of Article 50 – the result of a referendum which highlighted the divisions in our country between those for whom our globalised economy has brought tangible benefits, and those who have been locked out of opportunities.  

Our research into the drivers of the Brexit vote showed the divide between people on lower and higher incomes and living in places with concentrations of high or low skills. A crucial dynamic of the vote was the ‘double whammy’ faced by people whose lack of qualifications put them at a disadvantage in the modern economy, and also who lived in areas with few opportunities.

We do not know yet what the outcome of the Brexit negotiations will be – but we do know that we must design a post-Brexit economy that delivers for those who have been locked out and left behind.

Last week the Government released the latest set of poverty figures. These show just how many people in our society are struggling to make ends meet. It is very clear that high housing costs, low-paid work and a weakening support system are trapping families in poverty.

So what's happening?

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