Poverty in the UK is a big problem, and solving it requires a big response. But we cannot avoid the problem any longer. As Brexit showed, addressing poverty is a moral, political and economic imperative. It wastes people's potential, depriving our society and economy of the skills and talents of those who have valuable contributions to make. Solving the burning injustice of poverty is the way to truly make Britain work for all.
Increasing take home pay enables state support to fall back, making it the key to reducing the cost of in-work support to low earning families (whether through tax credits or under Universal Credit). But reducing in-work support without increasing take home pay first will simply result in low earning working families falling even further short of a decent living standard.
Chancellor George Osborne had failed to deliver an anti-poverty budget that would boost living standards and ease the strain on poor families. We needed an anti-poverty budget to help struggling families, but what we heard yesterday was a standstill budget for a go-slow economy.