The annual UK poverty report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF, 2023) also warns that many of the poorest families are living on a knife-edge, unable to afford any unexpected expense, living in arrears, and using credit to pay essential bills.
And with inflation continuing to hit record levels – there is no end in sight for these families.
Official government figures show that in the year to March 2021, 3.9 million children and young people (27%) were living in poverty (in families with 60% of the median UK income after housing costs). This figure includes one million children aged just four and under.
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