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Poor families 'facing a second year of council tax rises'

Almost 600,000 poor families are facing a second year of above average council tax rises, according to new research.

Almost 600,000 poor families are facing a second year of above average council tax rises, according to new research. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said 580,000 families in England will pay an average of £149 a year more than 12 months ago, having a "significant impact" on their finances.

The research group said a study of Council Tax Support, brought in last year, found that from this week 70,000 poor households will pay council tax for the first time, facing average bills of £114.

The UK is at risk of entering a 'decade of destitution'

Today’s Bill is bad news for people living in poverty, whether they’re in work or out of work. Clearly, there are difficult decisions to be taken by Government, but Ministers’ opportunistic rhetoric on this issue is disturbing. Allowing today’s Bill to be presented as a choice between the ‘deserving and ‘underserving poor’ is both morally and economically wrong.

As incomes fall and costs rise for people – whether they are in or out of work - we are at risk of entering a decade of destitution.

– Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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Report: Millions of workers 'live in poverty'

Over 6 million people classed as being in poverty live in households where people work, according to a new report.

Excluding pensioners, in-work poverty now outstrips workless poverty, say the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

People queue outside a branch of Job Centre Plus in Westminster. Credit: Press Association

The Monitoring Poverty report, written by the New Policy Institute (NPI), also found that spending on benefits and tax credits has never been higher, at 13% of GDP.

Julia Unwin, chief executive of JRF, said: "The level of in-work poverty is the most distinctive characteristic of poverty today.

"We need a relentless focus on fixing the labour market to ensure people have the opportunity to improve their prospects."