Thursday Oct 13, 201106:07 AM GMT
UK unemployment, poverty at all time high
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:9AM
Steve McCaul, Press TV, London
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It's the latest blow to the British economy - unemployment is at a seventeen year high.

There are now over two and a half million unemployed people in the country, an increase of a hundred and fourteen thousand in three months.

This comes just days after it was revealed that the number of children living in absolute poverty - where income is less than sixty percent of the national average - is set to rise over the next two years - a bleak forecast for the country.

According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, this increase is a delayed effect of the recession.

In two thousand and ten, there were two and a half million children living in absolute poverty, along with two point one million working age parents and three and a half million working age adults with no children.

In two thousand and thirteen, these figures look set to increase sharply, six hundred thousand more children will be living in these destitute conditions, with another four hundred thousand parents and half a million childless adults.

The increase in unemployment is likely to lead to further poverty as bills stack up while the cost of living continues to rise.

Families living in absolute poverty, often on estates like this one, can get into such financial strain that they are unable to pay for basic things like food. As a result, charities have to step in to alleviate the pressure.

FareShare are based in London but have distribution points across the country. They take surplus food from manufacturers and deliver it to organisations that will either send food parcels to families or turn it into meals for those most in need.

But the rise in poverty has drastically increased demand for their services, and this trend looks set to continue.

The government are facing criticism for cutting services during this increase in unemployment and poverty. They say that proposed benefit reforms will help to bring people out of difficulty.

But for now it's up to volunteers to ensure that those in trouble are given that extra helping hand, even if it's just an extra loaf of bread.
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