The number of children growing up in poverty in working households will be a million higher than in 2010 (50% higher), a new study has found.
Research for the TUC estimates that 3.1 million children with working parents will be below the official breadline this year.
About 600,000 children with working parents have been pushed into poverty because of the government’s benefit cuts and public sector pay restrictions, according to the report by the consultancy Landman Economics. The East Midlands will have the biggest increase in child poverty among working families, followed by the West Midlands and Northern Ireland, the research found.
Frances O’Grady, the TUC general secretary, said child poverty in working households had shot up since 2010. “Years of falling incomes and benefit cuts have had a terrible human cost. Millions of parents are struggling to feed and clothe their kids,” she said. “The government is in denial about how many working families just can’t make ends meet. We need ministers to boost the minimum wage now, and use the social security system to make sure no child grows up in a family struggling to get by.”