Big increase in number of young people living in poverty
Pensioner poverty has fallen over the past decade but there has been a big increase in the number of younger people living in poverty, according to a new study.
Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation also found a huge change in the labour market, with big rises in zero-hours contracts, part-time work and low-paid self-employment.
Two-thirds of jobless people finding work in the past year earned below the living wage, while only a fifth of low-paid workers found better paid jobs over the last 10 years, said the report.
The study of official government data revealed that the average self-employed worker earns 13% less than they did five years ago.
Pensioner poverty is now at the lowest level on record and the UK's employment rate is close to a historic high, but incomes are lower than 10 years ago, and average wages for full-time male workers have fallen by £1 an hour to £12.90.
Other findings showed the number of private landlord repossessions are higher than mortgage repossessions, with the end of private rented tenancy the most common cause of homelessness.