Imran Hussain MP

Labour MP for Bradford East

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Rise in child poverty for those in working families

According to a recent Institute of Fiscal Studies Report, the proportion of children in poverty with working parents has risen as a result of a fall in the real income of working families.

As part of their inquiry into living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK in 2015, the Institute of Fiscal Studies found that despite rising employment recently in the UK, the real income of working families fell, leading the proportion of children in poverty in working families to rise from 54% to 63%

 

Speaking on the IFS’ recent report, Imran Hussain MP said:

 

“These figures from the Institute of Fiscal Studies are extremely troubling, particularly when the Government has claimed that they want to eradicate poverty.

 

“However it is unsurprising that the proportion has risen as we are seeing an unrelenting attack by this Government on all forms of welfare payments, including those that go to those in work, and despite their promise of a fair and balanced recovery, we have also seen a rise in the number of zero-hours contracts in the region.

 

“Along with their plans to replace the Child Poverty Act in the Welfare Reform Bill, it just goes to show that despite their words, their actions do not match and the Government has no plan and no intention to tackle the in-work poverty that has grown far too widespread in our cities.

 

“The Government needs to set out and deliver realistic plans to increase work opportunities, raise skill levels and bring growth to cities like Bradford without condemning anyone into poverty as they currently are, and I will be working hard to make sure that they are held to account on these issues.”

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