Recently, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that there are an additional 400,000 children are now in poverty after seven years of Conservative austerity. This is due in no small part to the rise in in-work poverty,
I raised with the minister my concerns about the lack of action this Government has taken to secure decent jobs for the country and how their policies on social mobility have failed. As we have seen the chair of the Commission on social mobility resigned along with a number of other members.
The minister failed to address my question instead stating that they are tackling unemployment. What the minister didn’t note was the rise in insecure work and zero hours contracts.
Figures released today in the report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation entitled ‘UK Poverty 2017’ has shown that the percentage of working-age adults who are in poverty has risen under the Conservative Government. Wales now has the highest poverty rate in the UK, only slightly lower than London, in the UK. The percentage of working-age adults in Wales now in poverty stands at around 23% which has increased since 2003/04 to 2004/06 when the last substantive report was produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Showing that working-age poverty, which the last Labour Government reduced from the high in 1994/95 to 1996/97 of nearly 25%.
The report also shows that the pension poverty rate in Wales has increased under this UK Government as well. In 2010/11, when Labour departed from office, pensioner poverty stood at 12%; by 2015/16, it had risen to 21%. The largest increase in the whole of the UK.
Nationally an additional 700,00 UK children and pensioners have fallen into relative poverty- households with less than 60% the median income – over the past four years. Read more “Poverty in Wales”