The UK media has reported that more than four million people now living in poverty. The media has quoted the independent study from the Social Metrics Commission. This study says that more than 4 million UK citizens are trapped in “deep poverty”. This means that many people’s income is at least 50% below the official breadline. These people cannot afford to buy the daily essentials and foods to live a normal life. According to Guardian newspaper these people are “locking them into a weekly struggle to afford the most basic living essentials.”
The study also found that seven million people, including 2.3m children, were affected by “persistent poverty”, meaning that they were not only in poverty but had been for at least two of the previous three years.
According to the report, in cash terms, “deep poverty” means a couple with two children would have an income of less than £211 a week after housing costs, and a single parent with one child would be on less than £101.50 a week.
The commission’s report found that disability is a strong predictor of being in poverty. Nearly half of all those living below the breadline live in a household where someone is disabled.
The commission’s chair, Tory peer Philippa Stroud, said there is an urgent need for a concerted approach to the problem. “It is time to look again at our approach to children, and to invest in our children as the future of our nation,” she said.
The opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has consistently been campaigned against the austerity drive of Tory government for increasing poverty and destitute. The Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has alleged that the rightwing neoliberal policies of Tory government are causing poverty. His allegations have been proved by a separate report that found out 1.5 million people now experience deep poverty as the result of Tory government’s austerity policies. A destitution level of income is £140 a week for a couple with two children.
Poverty campaigners are demanding action. Child Poverty Action Group said austerity has undermined two decades of anti-poverty policy. “By cutting £40bn a year from our work and pensions budget through cuts and freezes to tax credits and benefits, the government has put progress into reverse,” said a spokeswoman.
Helen Barnard, a commission member and poverty expert at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said: “We need our new prime minister to get to work immediately on a bold plan to boost living standards and support our towns and cities in building a more hopeful economic future.”
The UK media has urged the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take immediate action to address this issue of rising poverty.
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27 September, 2019