Wirral West MP vows that Labour will eliminate in-work poverty

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20 Aug 2019
Margaret Greenwood MP has said that a Labour government will eliminate in-work poverty after research revealed that it has risen to around one in five people in working households.

Research from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) found that 58% of people in poverty are from working households, while the government’s latest Households Below Average Income (HBAI) statistics showed that 70% of children in poverty live in working households.

Labour’s attack on in-work poverty will include:

•           Rebalancing the economy to end austerity, raise living standards and empowerment in the workplace.
•           Strengthening and expanding public services free at the point of use paid for fairly through taxation.
•           Ensuring that our social security system is there to support any of us in times of need.

Labour also announced in June this year plans to create a new Social Justice Commission to replace the Social Mobility Commission, and a new Minister for Social Justice based in the Treasury, as part of a pledge to put social justice at the heart of everything a Labour government will do.

Margaret Greenwood MP said:

“The austerity policies of this government are having a devastating impact on many families across the country, including here in Wirral.

“It is totally unacceptable that, in one of the richest countries in the world, millions of people who live in poverty are from working households and that millions of working families are struggling to meet basic living costs.

“In Wirral alone, it is estimated that 29% of children are growing up in poverty.

“Responsibility for this lies firmly at the door of the government's cuts to social security and their failure to tackle low pay and insecure work.

“The Government must wake up to this and make ending poverty the priority it should be.

"We will put an end to the zero-hour contracts that are causing such uncertainty and instability in low income families and introduce a Real Living Wage of at least £10 an hour.

“Labour will put tackling poverty at the heart of government policy again.”