The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said that despite an above-inflation increase in the “national living wage”, low-income families were falling further behind a minimum income standard.
The thinktank said less generous in-work benefits had made life tougher for all low-income families with children, and that lone-parent single-breadwinner families were the hardest hit.
Good! That’s exactly the sort of family we need to discourage.
It’s one thing to lose a partner, it’s quite another to embark on that lifestyle, with all its disadvantages, in the hope that ‘the State will pay’…
While not a measure of poverty, the minimum income standard is based on feedback from the public on what it thinks people need to achieve a decent living standard. It includes money for school trips, Christmas presents and swimming lessons, and is updated annually to take account of economic trends and policy changes.
These are not things the State (i.e. the poor bloody taxpayer) should be paying for. Food, shelter, clothing. The basics.