7 million in persistent poverty – John McDonnell responds
John McDonnell MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to a report showing that 7 million people in the UK are in persistent poverty, said:
“As Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid crow about tax cuts and “free port” storage spaces for the super-rich, this is the reality of life beyond the bankers’ bubble.
“This government of the bankers and for the bankers is too cut off to notice the millions of people in poverty – and doesn’t care that Tory governments have created this nightmare of modern Britain.
“The next Labour government will eliminate in-work poverty over the course of our first term in office.”
Notes to Editors
- The Social Metrics Commission 2019 report was published here: https://socialmetricscommission.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/SMC_measuring-poverty-201908_full-report.pdf
- The report, chaired by Conservative peer Philippa Stroud, tracks evidence showing poverty is markedly worse now, compared to five years ago. Poverty rates amongst pension-age adults is up to 11% now compared to 9% in 2014/15, and poverty rates amongst children is up from 34% now compared to 31% in 2014/15: see p. 2.
- The report shows that: 14.3 million people are in poverty in the UK, 7 million people are in persistent poverty (having been in poverty for two of the previous three years), and 46% of people in families with a Black head of household and 37% of families with an Asian head of household are in poverty: see p. 2.
- Labour’s plans to end in-work poverty are set out here: https://labourlist.org/2019/07/labour-will-end-in-work-poverty-within-one-term-mcdonnells-speech/