Social Mobility at All-Time Low and Poverty Highest in 20 years

Published on by Hope Smyth (author)

 

According to a report released this morning by The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 400,000 children and 300,000 elderly people have fallen below the poverty line since 2012/2013. 

 

The report states that new threats such as universal credit cuts and ‘in work poverty’- where at least one member of a household is employed and still struggling to afford to provide, are only going to cause a further increase in the years to come.

 

Chief executive Campbell Robb said: “These worrying figures suggest that we are at a turning point in our fight against poverty. Political choices, wage stagnation and economic uncertainty mean that hundreds of thousands more people are now struggling to make ends meet. This is a very real warning sign that our hard-fought progress is in peril.”

 

These statistics follow last weeks’ Social Mobility report by the commission, which revealed that much of the UK is struggling to improve their social standing. The Social Mobility board then quit over the lack of progress being made by the government to create a “fairer” Briton.

 

The Social Mobility report placed Hastings 299 out of 324 local authorities in England for their chances of social mobility. Areas such as Westminster and Hertfordshire ranked the highest chance of social mobility and West Somerset being the lowest for chances of social mobility.

 

The locals of Hastings have expressed their outrage at recent government cuts and en masse, do not believe that Theresa May is keeping her promise of creating a “fairer Briton”.

 

This is just the latest blow in Theresa May’s run a Prime Minister, and she’s yet to comment on either of the reports or the resignation of the Social Mobility Board.

 

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