The government must make in-work poverty more central to its efforts to tackle child poverty. This is one of the most striking and important conclusions in the wide ranging report published today by the Government's Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission. The report assesses government progress on tackling child poverty and social mobility, and identifies areas where activity needs to be stepped up.
The report from the TUC tells us that four in five of the jobs created over the last three years are in low paying sectors. Indeed, retail and residential care have been the two biggest contributors of new jobs. Now, it's important to note that not all of these jobs will be low paying but the chances are the majority of them will be. This is bad news.
There's a real policy challenge in how we support people who, despite being in work, aren't working enough hours. This is a notoriously tricky thing to get right.