The Joseph Rowntree Foundation JRF) has released a new report which highlights than Britain are going into Brexit with half a million more children trapped in poverty, this following a relentless rise in the number of working families struggling to make ends meet over the last five years. It means in a typical classroom of 30 children, nine are now living in poverty.

The assessment comes as part of a state of the nation report by JRF. The report titled ‘UK Poverty 2018’ examines how poverty has changed over the last 20 years, providing the most comprehensive and up to date picture of the challenges and prospects facing low-income families. Overall, one in five of the UK population (22%) are in poverty – 14.3 million people. Of these, 8.2 million are working-age adults, 4.1 million are children and 1.9 million are pensioners. Eight million people live in poverty in families where at least one person is in work.

The rise is driven by: