Universal Credit Increasing UK Poverty
1 in 5 of our UK population (22%) are in poverty.
14.3 million people in poverty.
8.2 million are working-age adults.
4.1 million are children.
1.9 million are pensioners.
8 million people live in poverty in families where at least one person is in work.
4 million workers are in poverty.
In-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment.
Due to increasing poverty among working parents.
Can you live on £1.34 a day? Hard working lone parent.
Source: Households Below Average Income (HBAI) and Family Resources Survey (FRS) 2016/17 (JRF Analysis)
Note: Subtotals may not sum to totals due to rounding except figures for persistent poverty which are taken from Persistent Poverty in the UK and EU: 2015 (2017) Office for National Statistics Available at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/personalandhouseholdfinances/incomeandwealth/ articles/persistentpovertyintheukandeu/2015
From Under A Cloud On Heartbreak Hill
A free social media book about the new British social underclass.
Here is a Manchester Universal Credit claimant and writer reporting the truth.
‘It strikes me that media effortlessly promote their version of the
type of people we are and what universal credit does for us. But no
one knows how it feels and tastes and smells, and what the sense
of hope and shame and despair, and how it really is to be on this
benefit. But people like me do.’
Helen is highly qualified. Over cups of tea, she produces a blue binder of laminated course awards and I look at her BIIAB Level 2 National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders, Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Management and a whole host of City & Guilds. Following these are a handful of personal testimonies and character references - some typed and some lovingly handwritten in flourishing penmanship - from key industry players and previous employers and clients. All confirm a range of much sought-after modern day business skills on my neighbour - communication, team building, creativity, business insight, vision, calmness under pressure.
But Helen has been diagnosed with an illness that has taken her temporarily away from the workplace and a combination of derisory welfare payments and haphazard sanctions seemingly for no good reason have left her, in the mid-term, with not enough money to even get by on a day to day basis in a manner that you and I would consider being the absolute minimum standards. Helen often has to queue up at the library for electricity coupons and like most of us on the block, she wraps up in gloves and hats and a duvet while sitting in the lounge just to keep warm in winter.
Tracy is sofa surfing in Helen's lounge - just as Lee is sofa surfing at his dad's and as Lucy is at Olly's. It occurs to me that after two years on the block, half the people I have come to know as my neighbours are only worthy of the name in actuality. They are technically homeless. And living alongside them - literally right under their noses, I had no idea. So how could you?
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Eddy Jackson | Editor | Communication UK Digital Learning Services