One in five of the UK population (22 per cent) are in poverty, according to he latest state of the nation report by the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).
According to the latest figures released this week by the leading authority on poverty in the UK, in-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment. There are now four million workers in poverty, around one in eight in the economy.
According to their latest figures, of the 14.3 million people in poverty , 8.2 million are working-age adults.
The report examines how UK poverty rates have changed in our society over the last few years, as well as over the longer term.
The report found that four million workers are living in poverty –a rise of more than half a million over five years; and that in-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment.