Poverty in Britain is at a nine year high, says Joseph Rowntree Foundation report
The report does say this but the report is wrong.
The foundation\’s report found that the number of people living in \”low income\” households was now 13.4million, the highest level since 2000 when it was nearly 14million.
A low income household is one that lives on less than 60 per cent of the average UK household income in the year in question – after housing costs and council tax. For a family of four it is £14,560 a year.
What they are actually noting is that inequality has risen. Inequality is not the same as poverty: for all the use of relative poverty as a synonym for poverty.
It is entirely possible for living standards at the bottom of the economic pile to increase (ie, the poor are getting richer) even while inequality is rising: it just needs the incomes of the rich to be increasing faster than those of the poor. And this is what is actually happening.
However you spin it, this just isn\’t the same as the poor getting poorer, nor of there being, by any absolute standard, more poor people. It only happens because of the definitional confusion (a confusion quite deliberately created) between inequality and poverty.