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Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than one in five people in the UK lived in poverty according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation UK poverty report for 2020/21.

After a visit to the United Kingdom in 2018, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, expressed great concern that “14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials.”

Cost of living

The cost of living scandal is hitting people on low incomes hardest, putting immense pressure on already stretched household finances.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that inflation for those on low incomes was three percentage points higher than that being experienced by wealthier families.

We are getting reports from our frontline workers and those we train of people:

  • Going without food to save money for rent
  • Disconnecting the gas to save money
  • Not cooking food to save energy costs

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source: Quaker Social Action
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