Friday 7 February 2020 / 12:01 AM Margaret Greenwood / Poverty

Margaret Greenwood responds to Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on poverty

Margaret Greenwood MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report on poverty, said:

“This report should be a wake-up call for the government.

“One in five of the UK population is living in poverty, more children and pensioners are in poverty now than five years ago, working single parents have been swept fastest into poverty and in-work poverty is on the rise.

“Too many people are trapped in low paid insecure work and all too often the social security system fails to give people the support they need.

“The government should make tackling poverty a top priority by providing a living wage of at least £10 an hour for all workers aged 16 and over and create a social security system that treats people with respect and is there for any one of us in our time of need.”