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POVERTY and WEALTH in the UK
Mothers’ and children’s poverty
million children (1 in 4) live in poverty. 2/3 have a parent in
employment. Over 50% of children of colour are in poverty. Children with
a disabled parent are more likely to live in severe poverty. (Child
Poverty Action Group & others.)
40% of single parent families live in poverty (93% of single parents are
million households live in fuel poverty; expected to rise to 9 million
by 2016. (Children Society 2013)
than 50% of children in poverty say their houses are too cold. (Children
bills have risen 28% in the past 3 years. (ONS; Ofgem) The six leading
energy companies are estimated to have overcharged consumers by £3.7bn.
(Guardian, 30 Oct 13)
million older people (28% of pensioners) fear they can’t afford to stay
warm. Cold homes will kill 24,000 more people this winter. (Age UK
research, Oct 2013; ONS July 2013)
• 1 in
4 low income mothers skip meals to feed their children.
Trussell Trust provided food to over 350,000 people between
April-September 2013, three times as many as the same period last year.
A third were children. They expect this to double next year. (Trussell
Trust Press Release, World Food Day,16 Oct 2013)
children in every class in England and Wales arrive at school with
hunger pains. (Mirror, 29 Oct 2013)
Minimum Wage in 2013: £2.68 (apprentice), £3.72 (under 18), £5.08 (under
21), £6.31 (over 21). It is worth £1,000 less a year than in 2008.
Living Wage: £7.45 an hour out of London; £8.85 in London (Joseph
million workers (20% of workers) earned less than the living wage in
2013; 8% more than last year. 25% of women, 15% of men; 77% of under
20s. (Living Wage Research 2013, Markit Economics, Work Foundation)
Single mothers doing the double day (caring and earning) get lower
weekly wages than men: £337 women, £491 men (average), that is 68% of
in 10 carers including those in care homes (220,000 workers) are paid
less than £5 an hour, many on zero hour contracts. (Resolution
Foundation research, Daily Telegraph, 8 Nov 2013)
to 5.5 million workers are on zero-hours contracts earning an average of
£500 a month. (Unite research, BBC News, 9 Sept 2013)
Benefit and pay cuts
in benefits and pay have reduced household budgets by 4bn; £3.8bn (94%)
has come from women. (House of Commons Library, April 2013)
Families with children (1/3 of working-age families) bear almost 2/3 of
those losing £50-£350+ a week due to the £500 benefit cap, 3/4 are
single parents, mostly mothers. (DWP pilot scheme, August 2013)
of people have gone to food banks because of delayed benefit payments.
Some mothers who had ‘been sanctioned for seemingly illogical reasons’
had not eaten for days. (From a Trussell Trust press release)
People leaving hospital after a major operation have found their
benefits stopped or delayed. (From a Trussell Trust press release)
Nearly half a million people received court summons for council tax
debts since Council Tax Benefit was abolished in April 2013 – including
65,000 people with disabilities and 12,000 carers. (Independent, 11 Oct
Wealth in the UK
richest 1,000 people got richer by £155bn in three years – enough to pay
off the UK deficit with £30bn to spare. (Michael Meacher MP)
Boardroom pay in the top 100 UK companies rose 27% last year.
avoidance by large companies and wealthy individuals is at least £35bn.
(Guardian 29 Oct 2013)
Global wealth has risen by 68% over the past 10 years – $241 trillion?
top 1% own 46% of all global assets; the bottom 2/3 of the world
population own 3%. (www.huffingtonpost.co.uk,
8 November 2013)
Information compiled by Crossroads Women