in-work poverty

As a rising number of Britons find themselves in 'in-work poverty', Steve and Billy tell their story of homelessness, insecure work and council failings in BBC Two's Broke.
With the Chancellor introducing a new National Living Wage from April 2016 and the revised voluntary Living Wage rates published this week, low pay is firmly placed on the boardroom and political agenda.
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.
Beveridge pointed the way to mutual support and pooling risk - principles we should return to if we truly intend to be all in it together.
The six million people in poverty in working households show that at the moment, work is not the route out of poverty - so something needs to be done to ensure that it is.