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Poverty is spiralling and intensifying for millions of people in Britain, according to a new study. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s (JRF) report Going without: deepening poverty in the UK warns that not being able to afford food, heat homes and pay bills is now normalised. Single person households, single parent households, large families, disabled people and black people are disproportionately hit by rising costs and harsh living conditions.

And it underlines this is not some recent phenomenon. The assault on people’s lives was happening well before the pandemic and recent price surges. Between 2002-03 and 2019-20 the number of people in very deep poverty increased by 1.8 million from 4.7 million to 6.5 million people. Deep poverty is defined as having below 40 percent of average income after housing costs.

During that time, the risk of living in very deep poverty has increased by over half for people living in large families with three or more children to reach 18 percent or 1.1 million people. It has increased by a third for people in families with a disabled person, to reach 15 percent or 2.3 million people. And also a third for people in lone-parent families, hitting 19 percent or 900,000 people.

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source: Socialist Worker
first published: 27 July 2022

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