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Child poverty in the UK has fallen to 27 per cent, its lowest rate for almost 25 years, a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found.
The report says that since the early 1990s, the total number of people in poverty has barely changed.
However, the mix of pensioners, working-age adults and children living bellow the poverty line has changed dramatically.
While pensioner poverty is now at one third of its level in the late 1980s, the number of working-age adults without dependent children living in poverty is now 20 per cent.
This is the highest in at least 30 years.
A research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that five million workers are paid below the living wage. There are now more working families living in poverty than non-working ones, the research has found.
"While the labour market has shown signs of revival in the last year, the number of people in low-paid jobs has risen and average incomes have fallen," the report said.
The report also says job insecurity is increasingly common in the UK. It says one in six members of the workforce has claimed Jobseekers' Allowance at some point in the last two years.
There are more working families living in poverty in the UK than non-working ones, new research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed.
It is the first time such a balance has been recorded.
Some 6.7 million working families live below the poverty line, an increase of 500,000 on last year, compared with a combined 6.3 million of retired families and the out-of-work, the charity said.