A NEW report has found that the number of people living in the UK has risen over 14 million. The report published by the Social Metrics Commission (SMC) revealed that 8.4 million working-age adults, 4.5 million children and 1.4 million pensioners are living below the breadline in Britain.
The report also highlighted that a staggering 6.9 million, nearly half of those people are member of families that are living with a disable person. 12.1% of the population some 7 million people in the UK have been living in poverty for over 4 or more year. The report stated: ‘Given that we know that long periods in poverty can be particularly damaging to people’s lives and prospects, this is a significant concern…’
SMC’s report has taken over 2 and half year of research and it also brought to light that 2.5 million people are now at risk of failing in to poverty. The report found that even with poverty within pensioners has fallen over a period of 15 years. Over all the report shine light on an ever growing issue. Child poverty is highest in England where parented skip their meals because they simple cannot afford to buy food
A UK Government spokesman said: “This Government is committed to making a positive difference to the outcomes for poor and disadvantaged families and children… we continue to spend £90 billion a year… and we will be spending £54 billion this year, more than ever before, to support disabled people and those with health conditions.”