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Number of UK workers living in poverty rises for third straight year

Graham Watson

8th February 2020

The latest Joseph Rowntree Foundation report makes for grim reading: more than one in five people in the UK live in poverty.

It is a remarkable statistic for the world's sixth largest economy made more remarkable by the fact that the likelihood is that anyone reading this 'scoop' is unlikely to be aware of the extent of the problem.

However, the main takeaways from the article are that being in work in less of a guarantor of avoiding poverty and you might also wonder about the sincerity of the Department of Work and Pensions in tackling the problem: "we're boosting the income of pensioners each year through the triple lock" might sound impressive but it's debatable as to whether poverty among pensioners is the country's most pressing concern.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.


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