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In work - but still in poverty

Issue No. 2358

Unemployment in Britain fell by 5,000 in the three months to April this year according to official figures. 

But there are still some 2.5 million people officially out of work.

But other figures gave the lie to the Tory spin that work is a route out of poverty. 

Children in poverty are now twice as likely to have working parents than unemployed ones, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.

The government has slashed £1.5 billion of income support to families struggling in low-paid work.

Commentators marvelled at how older people and single parents are bucking the trend and “finding work” during a recession. 

Over a million people aged 65 or over are employed.

Some in the media claimed this is because there are more people over 65 who want to continue working.

The reality is that more older people are forced to work because they can’t afford to live on their pensions.

Single parents fare no better. 

Low pay, cuts to wages and benefit rules mean that with jobs are no better off than those without.


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