There are now 14,000,000 people living in poverty in the UK

A homeless woman sleeping rough and begging on the streets of Leeds (Picture: Rex)
There are now 14,000,000 people living in poverty in the UK

There are now more than 14,000,000 in the UK living in poverty, a new report has found.

The major study by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) revealed that 8.4 million working-age adults, 4.5 million children and 1.4 million pensioners are living below the breadline in Britain today.

Nearly half of those people – 6.9 million – are living in families with a disabled person, the research suggests.

Embargoed to 0001 Monday May 07 File photo dated 13/10/15 of a woman and a child, as according to a new study by the TUC the number of children growing up in poverty in working households is set to be a million higher than in 2010. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday May 7, 2018. The research estimated that 3.1 million children with working parents will be below the official breadline this year. See PA story INDUSTRY TUC. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
More than 7 million people in the UK have been in poverty for the last four or more years (Picture: PA)

More than 7 million people – 12.1% of the population – live in ‘persistent’ poverty, where they have spent all or most of the last four or more years in poverty, the study also found.

‘Given that we know that long periods in poverty can be particularly damaging to people’s lives and prospects, this is a significant concern,’ the report stated.

The research, which took place over two and a half years, also found that 2.5 million people in the UK are at risk of falling into poverty.

They are less than 10% above the poverty line, meaning just small changes in their circumstance could mean they fall below it.

The SMC, which describes itself as an independent, non-partisan organisation, was brought together to develop what it says is a new approach to poverty measurement that ‘better reflects the nature and experiences of poverty that different families in the UK have’.

The commission’s research is the first to include groups of people previously omitted from poverty statistics, like those living on the streets or in overcrowded housing, SMC chair Baroness Stroud said.

A female pensioner holding a few coins in her hands in Weingarten, Germany, 07 November 2017. Photo: Felix K?stle/dpa
Although 1.4 million pensioners are in poverty, the rate has dropped over the last 15 years (Picture: PA)
It found 68% of people living in workless families are in poverty, compared to 9% for people living in families where all adults work full time.

The report also revealed ‘some areas of good news’ with far fewer pensioners living in poverty than previously thought following a ‘significant fall’ in pensioner poverty over the last 15 years.

Poverty rates were also significantly varied across the UK.

In Scotland there are fewer people in poverty than in other UK countries, while Welsh poverty rates are typically higher than in other countries.

England has the highest child poverty rate, the report stated.

Parents are skipping meals because they cannot afford to buy food (Picture: Getty)

A UK Government spokesman said: ‘This Government is committed to making a positive difference to the outcomes for poor and disadvantaged families and children.

‘Through our welfare reforms we are providing personalised support, helping people overcome their specific barriers and allowing them to progress into work and then progress in work – as we know this still remains the best route out of poverty.

‘Running parallel with that support, we continue to spend £90 billion a year on working age benefits to provide a safety net for those who need it when they need it, and we will be spending £54 billion this year, more than ever before, to support disabled people and those with health conditions.”



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  1. Rene

    09/17/2018 at 4:18 pm

    What all humans MUST understand, is that, although it has always been believed that, as is also claimed in this article: “allowing them to progress into work and then progress in work – as we know this still remains the best route out of poverty.”, is the way to have a better life, this is NOT THE CASE.

    While it appears that way at first, this is precisely what keeps the scam going and the struggle alive. It is in this way that all people are actively supporting and collaborating with this crime against themselves, against all humanity, all other life on this planet, and the planet itself.

    The issue is NOT properly addressed, and as the result thereof, all people are focussing on symptom treatment! The cause must be addressed properly. When a malignant tumor is causing all sorts of problems in a body, and all attention is directed to treating the myriads of symptoms, but the cause is not addressed and not treated, then ultimately the body will collapse, and that is precisely what we are witnessing with each other.

    The issue is this corrupt and criminal fiat currency system that we are all accepting, and slave laboring for. The money that we use, it is not wealth!! It is all printed and created out of nothing, as debt. Debt that we the tax payers are liable to repay, and that the NWO cabal finances the fulfillment of our enslavement agenda with.

    The more “money” that is created by the Federal reserve (which is not federal, but a consortium of 12 privately owned banks) and the ECB , the bigger the debt load and burden on all of us. Central bankers controlled “governments” continue to print more fiat currency 24/7/365. This is all counterfeit money! If you or I do this the crime syndicate lands us in jail, while they themselves do it continuously, to keep the “economy” going.

    They are not keeping the economy going!!! They keep enriching themselves, and impoverishing each and every one of us in the process. There are more scams utilized in this completely corrupt money system that we all have to struggle in, and each and everyone of them has only one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to skim the wealth from the people and sluice it into the hands of the few “elite” that run this scam and global crime agains us all. All the money printing is causing price inflation, while incomes fall behind. Ultimately, also these bubbles will be popped, and many millions upon millions will lose everything they thought they owned.

    The so called economical growth is nonsense. This info is misleading, so that the peoples will not wake up to the scam and the crime. Ultimately all the bubbles in and over the entire world will be popped, and the greatest wealth transfer in the history of human ignorance and foolishness will take place.

    I have been trying to wake people up for so long, and it appears as if all are still not getting it, or simply refuse to “get it”. We ourselves, are the problem! Not the less than 1%! We, the more than 99% are the problem. If we the people UNITE, and collectively drop everything we are doing, then the machine stops. If all people are uniting and rise against their common enemy, as one, then the bankers can and will be held accountable for their centuries long crime against humanity. Yes, it will be tough times! But there is no easy way out of this one. The question that we must answer for ourselves is, will we allow the NWO bankers mafia to take us all to the cleaners, and then erect their feudal, fascist totalitarian New World Order? Or will we stop them in their tracks, right now!

    While all folks are eager to point their finger to everything and anything outside them, it is every member of this humanity itself, that is the malignant tumor, that continues to fester and destroy the body. Everyone must address the problem in themselves. And then we must rise against this coming onslaught together, or accept totalitarian enslavement by the “elite” banksters and the NWO cabal that they are part of. ONLY if we do this, then can and will everything change.

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