Poor families hit by gap between costs and wages

Poor families are struggling to make ends meet because of a sharp rise in the price of basic goods in recent years.

Since 2008, the cost of necessities has risen 28% while average wages have only gone up 9%, according to a report from charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

The cost of basic goods has soared since 2008. Credit: PA Images

The JRF found a single person needed to earn £16,300 a year to afford a minimum acceptable living standard, while a couple with two children needed to be bringing in £40,600.