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We work—but stay in poverty

More than 3 million people are members of the "working poor", a new report reveals

Issue No. 2220

Some 3.4 million people are members of the “working poor”, a new report reveals.

The number increased by 200,000 last year—more than the increase in poverty among workless households.

And 1.7 million poor children live in working households compared to 1.1 million in workless households, it adds.

Over 45 percent of Pakistani and Bangladeshi families who have work are still living in poverty.

The report by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), In-work Poverty in the Recession, shows that during the last decade the number of poor people in work has increased by 800,000.

IPPR’s Nick Pearce said, “These figures clearly show that being in work is no guarantee of being out of poverty.”

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Tue 21 Sep 2010, 17:36 BST
Issue No. 2220
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