The headline is slightly misleading; if you’re reading this, you definitely know somebody who has been in poverty while David Cameron has been prime minister: Me.
Conservative rule has been extremely hard on people like This Writer who spend much of their lives caring for others. I have chronicled attacks on Mrs Mike’s benefit claims in This Blog for all to see what we face on a regular basis.
We have a government that not only tolerates poverty but actively tries to increase it.
That’s not an anecdotal claim, by the way.
It is well-documented that the cuts inflicted on the UK by the Coalition – and now the Conservative – government were concentrated mostly on women. Now the ONS has confirmed that “persistent poverty” is higher among women than men.
Almost a third of Brits were plunged into poverty between 2011 and 2014, damning new figures revealed today.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found a staggering 32.5% of the population experienced poverty at some point in the three years after David Cameron ‘s election in 2010.
Last month a separate report revealed around 1.25 million people living in the UK were classed as destitute last year.
Today the ONS warned Britain has the 12th-highest poverty rate of the 28 countries in the EU – despite being the second-richest country after Germany.
And by 2014 almost four million Brits were trapped in ‘persistent poverty’, meaning they struggled through at least two of the previous three years.
The ONS said this rate of ‘persistent poverty’ was 1.5% higher among women than men.
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