The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions came to the House of Commons to deliver the devastating news that poverty was on the rise to 3.7million people and a rise in child poverty in particular.
I raised how some wards in Delyn have a child poverty rate over 40% and how unemployment continues to rise/ The UK Government have not got a grip on this and are presiding over a disastrous work and pensions policy.
Figures released this week demonstrated that 1 in 5 people in Delyn have had to use a foodbank in the last three years. This is disgraceful.
I pointed out to the Secretary of State that that information coincides with Flintshire being one of the first constituencies in the UK to see the roll-out of Universal Credit.
The minister buried his head in the sand and refused to accept that the rise in poverty was in any way linked to the bungled implementation of Universal Credit.
Under this UK Government we have seen child poverty, after housing costs, rise to 40% in some areas in Delyn and unemployment increase for four months in a row. The contempt this government shows towards us in North Wales is utterly exasperating.
I have received figures from the Living Wage Campaign which show that 34.1% of people in work in Delyn earn less than they need to live on. The figure for Wales is 24.7%.
The Living Wage Campaign is an independent movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe a fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. They accredit businesses as Living Wage employers to demonstrate that they pay their staff a wage calculated on the real cost of living.
When you combine these dreadful figures with those of child poverty and employment you can see that Delyn is being left behind by the UK Government. We know that some parts of Delyn have child poverty rates, after housing costs, of 42.6% (Holywell Central ward). This is not just a problem isolated in small parts of the constituency. The figures show that child poverty is high in all areas of Delyn. A quick snapshot shows that poverty rates stand at: Read more “Less than a third of Delyn workers earn what they need to live on”
I am deeply concerned by findings made by the Resolution Foundation, in their report ‘The Living Standards Audit 2018’, which shows that typical household incomes for working-age families grew by just 1.4% (in real terms) less than the average (2.1%) recorded between 1994 and 2007. This has resulted in inequality being little changed for the last decade and relative child poverty has “risen to its highest rate in at least 15 years, despite high levels of employment.”
The report states that working-age incomes in 2016-17 were just 4% higher than they were in 2006-07. When you focus on those on low to middle incomes, the Resolution Foundation notes, “the picture is even worse: growth of just 0.3% in 2016-17 left median incomes in the group entirely unchanged on the decade.” Read more “Resolution Foundation Report: Child Poverty on the rise”