SNP Manifesto: Working poverty

Published: 30th May 2017

"One of the biggest scandals in recent years, and it is a scandal, has been the rise of the number living in poverty, despite having a job. 70% of children growing up in poverty live in a household where at least one person is working."

  • The figure is correct if you round them to the nearest ten percent.
  • 67% of children in poverty live in a household where at least one person is working, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
  • The proportion has been rising in recent years.
  • In this case, the figures happen to be the same regardless of whether you look at relative or absolute measures of financial poverty, before or after housing costs.
  • We explain the difference in our guide to poverty statistics.


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