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POVERTY PROBLEM: 803,000 working adults are in poverty in the West Midlands

POVERTY PROBLEM: 803,000 working adults are in poverty in the West Midlands

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803, 000 working adults are in poverty in the West Midlands, according to the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The working-age poverty in the West Midlands has barely fallen since 2010/11 according despite regional unemployment falling significantly in the years before the pandemic. This is according to analysis done by the TUC, based on figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Thursday.

24% of the working age population was living in poverty in 2010/11 and had only gone down to 23% in 2019/20. That is all whilst unemployment fell from 9.6% to 5.1% in the same period. As a result, they conclude that more working adults are now living in poverty.

TUC Regional Secretary for the West Midlands Lee Barron said:

“Hard work should pay off for everyone in the West Midlands, no matter who you are or the job you do. But millions of our workers are denied a fair share of the wealth they create.

“This isn’t just about doing the right thing for workers. High streets and business in the West Midlands won’t recover if people have nothing to spend. Pay growth is fuel in the tank. It will drive our recovery much faster, supporting business growth and job creation.”


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