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Working for poverty: the scale of the problem of low pay and working poverty in the UK, 10/02/14 [E/NI/S/W]

This Living Wage Commission interim report warns that the economic recovery could fail one in five people in paid employment.

It provides a detailed analysis of the rise of low pay and working poverty, showing that spiralling living costs and stagnating wages at the bottom create a “double squeeze” on the lowest paid. The five million people in low paid employment have the smallest budget elasticity, and are therefore hit hardest by rising living costs. The report advises that low paid workers are increasingly turning to support to get by and this includes a growing dependence on debt, food banks and in-work benefits.

For full details see the Living Wage Commission website.

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Working for poverty: the scale of the problem of low pay and working poverty in the UK