The minimum income is 2.5 times what people get on benefits – but still they are labelled scroungers
Wages are kept artificially low, partly by exploitive employers who pay less than they can afford and less than the employee deserves knowing the taxpayer will pick up the tab for the shortfall and partly by successive governments refusing to allow free collective bargaining by strong Trade Unions who are not neutered by repressive anti-trade union legislation.
The numbers speak for themselves: Under ‘Adequacy of safety-net benefits’, EVERY SINGLE INCOME GROUP has lost out. While others have suffered a great percentage drop, single working-age people remain the least able to make ends meet.
“How much money do you need for an adequate standard of living?”
That is the question posed every year by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation – and every year the organisation calculates how much people have to earn – taking into account their family circumstances, the changing cost of these essentials and changes to the tax and benefit system – to reach this benchmark.
A lone parent with one child now needs to earn more than £27,100 per year – up from £12,000 in 2008. A couple with two children need to earn more than £20,200 each, compared to £13,900 each in 2008. Single working-age people must now earn more…
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