'Shocking rise' in working poor

There has been a 'shocking rise' in the number of people in Wales who are in employment but living below the poverty line, according to a report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Low pay job market blamed for Wales' 'working poor'

There is more poverty in Wales' working households than in those where no one has a job.

The findings, by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, blame a low pay job market.

Currently 690,000 people in Wales are classed as living in poverty - those who have less than 60 per cent of the average income.

That's almost a quarter of the population here - a higher rate than the other countries in the UK - and worst in rural areas.

Furthermore, 285,000 people - half of those classed as in poverty - are struggling despite having a job.

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