Issue date
25 Jun 2015

25 June 2015

Commenting on the latest Household Below Average Income data published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which show that absolute poverty rates for adults and children are still above their pre-recession level, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Despite the headline employment rate returning to its pre-recession level, absolute poverty rates are still higher. Our economy is not creating enough good quality jobs to achieve the larger falls in poverty we need to give every worker a decent life and every child a decent future.

“The extreme cuts to tax credits the government is planning for working families will do nothing to raise wages and will leave low-paid families even worse off. There’s a big danger this will start poverty rates rising again.”

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