Poverty is rising in the UK


Both in-work and child poverty are rising in the UK according to a report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on Tuesday 4/12. 

Campbell Robb the JRF chief executive has said, “It means more families are trapped in impossible situations: struggling to pay the bills, put food on the table and dealing with the terrible stresses and strains poverty places on family life”. 


Universal Credit has caused many problems for claimants and Landlords, Southwark was a pilot borough for the conservative reform back in 2011. 


Southwark Councillor Barrie Hargrove, has told us the he “believes the main reasons for the rise in poverty is the way Universal Credit has been rolled out combined with cuts in government spending”.


Neil Coyle, MP for Old Southwark and Bermondsey has told us “Pecan told me last year that 700 people in work used their Bermondsey food bank”.


Interactive map showing deprivation in southwark
Map showing indices of deprivation in South London (2015) ©Mapbox © OpenStreetMap contributors

The statistics from the Income deprivation effecting children index 2015, ranked Southwark as 17th and indicates that 30.3% of children are effected by income deprivation.