2/3rds of Poor Children From Families Where an Adult Works
|November 8, 2013||Posted by Staff under Campaigns|
This 2013 excerpt is of the BBC, Oct 17.
Working parents in Britain “simply do not earn enough to escape poverty”, the government’s social mobility tsar Alan Milburn has warned.
In its first report, the government’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission warned the target of ending child poverty by 2020 would “in all likelihood be missed by a considerable margin” – leaving as many as two million children in poverty.
Alan Milburn’s recipe for improvement calls for higher minimum wages and more universal help so poor working families get help as well as those out of work.
Around five million people in the country, mainly women, were earning less than the living wage, which is about £7.45 an hour outside of London.
“These are the people frankly who do all the right things, they go out to work, they stand on their own two feet, they look after their families – they’re the strivers not the shirkers – and yet they’re all too often the forgotten people of Britain and I think they desperately need a new deal.”