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Institute for Public Policy Research publishes report into working poverty in Britain

The Institute for Public Policy Research has published NO LONGER ‘MANAGING’: The rise of working poverty and fixing Britain’s broken social settlement.

Key findings from the report are:

  • Levels of working poverty are highest in London, Wales and the North of England
  • More than one in six working households – a new high – were experiencing poverty even before the coronavirus pandemic took hold in early 2020
  • One in 10 families with one full-time and one-part time earner have been pulled into poverty, up from one in 20 a decade ago
  • For households with two people in full-time work, the chances of being pulled into poverty have doubled over that time period, rising from 1.4% to 3.9%
  • Single parents, single earner couple families and large families are worst affected by rising working poverty, with working poverty rates among families with three or more children hitting a record high at 42%, an increase of over two-thirds over the past 10 years and
  • The poverty rate of couple households with one full-time earner is now 31%, almost as high as working households where nobody works full-time.