Working, but still in Poverty
Report shows the new face of UK poverty
A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that for first time, there are more people in working families living below the poverty line (6.7 million) than in workless and retired families in poverty combined (6.3 million), having suffered a sustained and ‘unprecedented’ fall in their living standards. See Annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2013 written by the New Policy Unit. The finding chimes with a report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission that indicates that work may no longer be the way out of poverty.
Welfare reforms cut family food budgets to as low as £20 per week
The Guardian finds that low-income households spend an average of £2.10 a person a day on groceries, having cut their daily food budget drastically since the summer, according to the latest instalment of a survey on the impact of Welfare Reform.
Councils keep hold of their emergency hardship funds
Inside Housing reports that official government figures show 70 per cent of councils committed to pay out less than half their emergency hardship fund pots by the midpoint of the financial year.
Expectant Mum speaks
Radio 5Live hosts a clip of an expectant mum describing her struggle to get the emergency discretionary hardship fund. Her gas cooker was broken, but she was told she would only get help if it had been damaged in an explosion.
Do migrants take jobs from British workers?
Polly Toynbee writes in The Guardian how migrants are exploited and paid illegally low rates of pay, then charged for rent in crowded hostels. Yet there are those who claim British workers are 'lazy' for staying on benefits rather than taking this work.
How do you define poverty?
The BBC reports that at least one out of every six children in the UK lives in relative poverty, according to data released by the Department for Work and Pensions. But there are disagreements about how you define poverty.
The Government prefers the measure of relative poverty - defined as when families have a net income that is below 60% of "median net disposable income" - as does Labour. The absolute measure of poverty differs because it is adjusted for inflation.
Poorer families miss out on Osborne's family support
The Independent found that the majority of low-paid working families will not qualify for the full amount of state help towards their childcare costs promised in the Budget, according to the first study of its impact. The Resolution Foundation think-tank found that only four in 10 low-paid families will see 85 per cent of their childcare bill met by the Government.
Who can help?
The work/life balance charity's website gives information for working parents or carers about their employment rights, Tax Credits, in-work benefits and discrimination. There's also a Legal Helpline.
Child Poverty Action Group
CPAG's is a campaigning and influencing charity. Its advice lines help in more than 3,500 cases each year; its legal test case work helps thousands of families and advice organisations and its publications and training help advice workers.
The Children's Society
Works with the most disadvantaged children in society.
Mumsnet covers every aspect of parenthood, including what help you can get and ways to reduce family bills, product reviews, how to feed your family for less etc.
The mental health charity Mind helps people suffering from stress due to money worries. It offers everyday tips for managing stress as well as offering advice and help to individuals and campaigning on the issue.
Provides services and financial support to strengthen poor, disadvantaged and socially isolated families and children.It also campaigns on their behalf