The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published its annual report on poverty in the UK; the full report is here https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/uk-poverty-2020-21
This year there is an inevitable focus on the effects of the Covid pandemic, with the research showing that the poorest people in the UK have borne the brunt of the economic fallout from Covid and risk being the least able to recover once the pandemic ends, a report has warned.
The foundation said people who were trapped in poverty before the pandemic have suffered the most financial damage during the crisis. The foundation said an “unacceptable” 14.5 million people – equating to more than one in five people in the UK – were in poverty before the pandemic hit in March last year.
The report also found those who had been struggling before Covid were more likely to work in precarious jobs or sectors of the economy that had been hardest hit by lockdown restrictions.
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