Low paid workers are increasingly struggling to get by because of soaring inflation, research suggests.
In order to maintain an absolute minimum standard of living, a couple with children must earn £26,900, an increase of £1,600 according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
In order to maintain an income of this level, a single person would have to earn £7.38 an hour, while a couple where both parents worked full-time would need to earn £7.60 an hour each, the foundation said.
But both of these levels are well above the minimum wage, which is £5.80 an hour.
The foundation said people on low incomes face a far higher rate of inflation than that reported by the government’s measure of inflation—the consumer prices index (CPI).