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The UK approaches Brexit with half a million more children suffering poverty, following 'a relentless rise in the number of working families struggling to make ends meet over the last five years'. This is the main finding of Joseph Rowntree Foundation's annual report examining the nature and scale of poverty across the UK and its effect on people gripped by it.
JRF found that child poverty has been rising since 2011/12, a rise of 500,000 in the last five years. Strikingly, say the research team, in-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment, driven almost entirely by increasing poverty among working parents.
The key points of the report are:
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