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'30% of children in Wales living in poverty'.


NEARLY a quarter of people in Wales are living in poverty - the highest rate in the UK, a report has claimed.

Despite an overall gradual decline in the number of people living in poverty over the past 20 years, the report says progress on child poverty has stalled with nearly a third of children (30%) in Wales still affected.

The monitoring report, Poverty in Wales 2018, released by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) today, also warns that poverty is increasing among pensioners, single people and couples with children. The overall poverty rate in Wales for 2013/16 was 23% compared to 27% in the three-year period 1994/97.

The report, which found there were 710,000 people in Wales living in poverty, said rising living costs, especially housing costs, combined with cuts to benefits and poor-quality jobs had led to an increased risk of living in poverty for families both in and out of work.

Full report: Page 4

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 7, 2018
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