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Working poor on the rise in the UK

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(Originally Published by Equal Times)
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Unions and policy experts have denounced the British government after a report revealed that more working families live in poverty than workless ones.

Despite falling unemployment figures, the report – written by the New Policy Institute (NPI) and published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) – found that out of 13 million British people living in poverty, an estimated 6.7 million live in a family with at least one working adult.

The annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report, also claims low pay and insecure work have led to an unprecedented fall in living standards.

Peter Kenway, Director at NPI and an author of the report, told Equal Times that the findings reflected the fact that welfare support for British workers was “steadily sinking.”

“Poorer members of society are under more pressure than at any time since the birth of the welfare state…A strong safety net to catch those who fall is …