40% of British families ‘too poor to play a part in society’

Posted: January 19, 2015 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Stop Making Sense

Patrick Wintour reports for The Guardian:

Five- and ten-pound notesNearly four out of 10 households with children, or 8.1 million people, live below an income level regarded by the public as the minimum needed to participate in society, according to new research commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The number of those on less than the so-called minimum income threshold in 2012/13 was up by more than a third from 5.9 million in 2008/09, the charity says.

The research finds families headed by lone parents are under the greatest pressure, with 71% (2.3 million individuals) living below the required level, up from 65% (2.2 million).’

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