Monday 17 September 2018 / 6:30 AM Work and Pensions

Labour will put tackling poverty back at the heart of government policy – Margaret Greenwood

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, commenting on a proposal for a new measure of poverty from the Social Metrics Commission, said:

“The Government’s strategy to tackle poverty consists of trying to mask the deep cuts it has made to social security by disputing the numbers of people in poverty. The Commission highlights how over 10% of people in the UK are trapped in poverty.

“The new measure importantly shows the impact of debt, housing and child care costs, and the extra costs that disabled people face. The extent of poverty it reveals among disabled people and their families is a major concern given the severe cuts to support to them in Universal Credit.

“Labour will put tackling poverty at the heart of government policy again, as the Commission rightly demands, by ending the social security freeze, introducing a £10 Real Living Wage and building the genuinely affordable housing we so desperately need.”