Mark Whitehead 18 November 2019

Child poverty in working households up by 800,000, TUC finds

The number of children growing up in poverty in working households has shot up by 38% since 2010, according to the TUC.

It says the 800,000 overall increase to a total of 2.9m nationwide has hit London, East of England and West hardest.

The TUC says 485,000?children in working households have been pushed below the breadline as a direct result of the Government’s in-work benefit cuts.

Other key factors behind the rise in child poverty are weak wage growth, the spread of insecure work and population growth.

The TUC is calling for a range of reforms including raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour, scrapping the Universal Credit, banning zero hours contracts and giving workers new rights to join unions.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: 'The Conservatives’ cuts to in-work benefits have come at a terrible human cost.

'As too has their failure to tackle insecure work and get wages rising across the economy.

'We need a government that puts working families first, not wealthy donors and hedge funds.'

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