What has driven the rise of in-work poverty?

This latest report from UK think tank JRF looks at why one in eight workers now live in poverty.

In recent years, the labour market has seen record employment rates and the introduction of the National Living Wage, but despite these positive developments more and more people in working families are living in poverty.

Over the last five years, in-work poverty has risen as reductions in benefit levels have left low-income families with little protection to cope with low growth in their earnings.

This paper sets out why one in eight workers now live in poverty, and how we can build on recent successes in the labour market to turn the tide on in-work poverty.


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