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Tory fail: Pensioner poverty has risen under Conservative government policies.

Around 14.3 million people in the UK are now living in poverty, with seven million suffering “persistent” poverty and 4.5 million at least 50 per cent below the poverty line.

The revelation, in a report by the Social Metrics Commission, comes after it was revealed that Boris Johnson’s senior advisor believes Conservatives don’t care about the poor.

Dominic Cummings, who was also a chief architect of Brexit, said at the Conservative Party Conference in 2017: “People think, and by the way I think most people are right: ‘The Tory party is run by people who basically don’t care about people like me.’

“I know a lot of Tory MPs and I am sad to say the public is basically correct. Tory MPs largely do not care about these poorer people.”

It means Mr Johnson is unlikely to do anything about the fact that illness and disability disproportionately influences whether people live in poverty: 6.8 million people – 48 per cent of those in poverty – are in a family where someone has a disability.

Overall, 22 per cent of the population now live in poverty – and Tory policies appear to be responsible.

Poverty among pensioners rose from nine per cent in 2014-15 to 11 per cent in 2019.

Among children, it stood at 31 per cent in 2014-15 – and is now at 34 per cent.

And with Boris Johnson determined to push through a “no-deal” Brexit that is already damaging the economy and has sent the value of the pound plummeting, we can expect worse to follow.

Because he’s a Tory, and he doesn’t care about the poor. We’ve got that from his senior advisor so we can believe it.

Source: 7 million people in the UK are ‘living in persistent poverty’, report says

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