The Telegraph today reports...
Poverty in Britain is at a nine year high, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation report. The gap between rich and poor is at its highest for nearly 10 years, a report says today.
The study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that the gap between the haves and have-nots started growing in 2004, long before the recession began. The foundation's report found that the number of people living in "low income" households was now 13.4 million, the highest level since 2000 when it was nearly 14 million.
A low income household is one that lives on less than 60 per cent of the average UK household income in the year in question - after housing costs and council tax. For a family of four it is £14,560 a year.
The annual report into poverty in Britain also found that nearly one in eight people of working age are out of work - the highest proportion since Labour came to power in 1997. Repossessions were now back at the level they were in 1994, the study said.
This report is a damning indictment of New Labour. They came to power claiming that they would be a party standing up for the poor, citing child poverty as the great scourge of the UK. They will leave power having overseen the rape of the very people they claimed they would help.