Birkenhead MP blasts rise in UK poverty as 'horrendous'

Frank Field: “This report shows the Government’s strategy isn’t working

Frank Field: “This report shows the Government’s strategy isn’t working"

First published in News

MILLIONS of Britons cannot afford basic necessities and are falling well below society's standard of living, a new report has revealed.

Birkenhead MP Frank Field MP branded the findings as “horrendous.”

The Poverty and Social Exclusion report said almost 18m people cannot afford adequate housing conditions, while 12m are too poor to engage in common social activities.

Researchers found the figures had increased sharply over the past 30 years from 14% to 33% of households despite the size of the economy doubling.

Mr Field, who is chairing an all-party Parliamentary inquiry into hunger and food poverty in Britain, said: “Tackling the causes of poverty is clearly the right strategy.

“This report shows that the Government’s strategy isn’t working.

“Here then is the most major challenge to all our political parties; what is your manifesto going to say to reverse the horrendous rise in the numbers of people in poverty detailed in this report?”

The PSE review said one-in-three people cannot afford to heat their homes properly in winter, with four million children and adults not properly fed by today's standards.

Experts, who are calling on the Government to take action, say their research shows full-time work is not always sufficient to escape poverty.

Professor David Gordon, from the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research at the University of Bristol, which led the project, said: “The coalition Government aimed to eradicate poverty by tackling the causes of poverty. Their strategy has clearly failed.

"The available high-quality scientific evidence shows that poverty and deprivation have increased since 2010, the poor are suffering from deeper poverty and the gap between the rich and poor is widening."

The research was conducted by the University of Bristol, Heriot-Watt University, the Open University, Queen's University Belfast, University of Glasgow, University of Oxford, University of Birmingham, University of York, the National Centre for Social Research and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

It found around 5.5m adults go without essential clothing, while 2.5m children live in damp homes. Around 1.5m children live in households that cannot afford to heat their home.

One-in-four adults has an income below what they consider is needed to avoid poverty, while one in every six adults in paid work is poor.

More than one-in-five had been forced to borrow in the last year to pay for day-to-day needs.

The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, showed more than one-in-five adults and children were poor at the end of 2012.

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3:33pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Sir Frank of the Field on his soapbox again!
Sir Frank of the Field on his soapbox again! Joeblogg85
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8:18pm Fri 20 Jun 14

spamfiend says...

Didn't hear you spouting too much about it last week Frank at your photo opportunity outside the charity shops in town. In fact you where all too pleased to smile for the video camera you sycophant !
Didn't hear you spouting too much about it last week Frank at your photo opportunity outside the charity shops in town. In fact you where all too pleased to smile for the video camera you sycophant ! spamfiend
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9:34pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bettysenior says...

Politicians long-term have only themselves to blame for a country's poverty through their decision making and the bed pals that they keep.

'The UK's and the USA's 'per capita Decline' in Living Standards for more than 90% of the people is due entirely to our political classes' Inept Management of their respective economies and the Control that Powerful Corporations have over our political leaders. Unfortunately with the Emerging Dominant Asian Economies this will lead to even more extreme poverty for 9 out of every 10 of both the British and American people' -
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Politicians long-term have only themselves to blame for a country's poverty through their decision making and the bed pals that they keep. 'The UK's and the USA's 'per capita Decline' in Living Standards for more than 90% of the people is due entirely to our political classes' Inept Management of their respective economies and the Control that Powerful Corporations have over our political leaders. Unfortunately with the Emerging Dominant Asian Economies this will lead to even more extreme poverty for 9 out of every 10 of both the British and American people' - http://worldinnovati onfoundation.blogspo t.co.uk/2014/06/the- uks-and-usas-per-cap ita-decline-in.html bettysenior
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