Since 2013 an extra 300,000 pensioners and 400,000 children are now living in poverty and the “prospects for solving” the problem “currently look worrying”.
“It is a real struggle for thousands and thousands of people every day to make ends meets,” Campbell Robb, chief executive of the JRF, told Radio 4‘s Today programme.
New threats to the poorest households include rising housing costs, higher food and energy bills, debts and not being able to contribute to a pension, said the foundation.
Despite the government protecting the value of the basic state pension since 2010, the foundation says Pension Credit, a benefit paid to the poorest pensioners, has not kept pace with rising costs. The charity says ending the benefit freeze is the single biggest change the government could do to help the 14m people – 4m children and 1.9m pensioners – now living in poverty.