More than one in five of our UK population (22%) are in poverty; 14.3 million people whose options are restricted by their circumstances. Of these, 8.2 million are working-age adults, 4.1 million are children and 1.9 million are pensioners.  Eight million people live in poverty in families where at least one person is in work.

In our society, child poverty has been rising since 2011/12.   4.1 million children now live in poverty, a rise of 500,000 in the last five years. The vast majority of this rise has taken place in working families.  We now live in a country where four million workers are in poverty – a rise of more than half a million over five years. Strikingly, in-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment, driven almost entirely by increasing poverty among working parents.

Poverty restricts people’s day-to-day lives and prospects: physical and mental health, healthy life expectancy, and the links between destitution and debt, health and well being.