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Young & Employment Greatest Risk of Poverty

A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has revealed young people and those in employment are at greatest risk of living in poverty.

While the number of pensioners living in poverty has fallen to the lowest since record began, working-aged adults in poverty has almost reached a record high.

Ten years ago pensioners made up 24% of those people living in poverty, while those in employment accounted for 19%.

The new report has found poverty for those over 65 has halved in the past ten years, with an increase in those under 30 years old living in poverty.

Scottish Poverty

The report comes after the incoming first minister Nicola Sturgeon, promised to tackle poverty in Scotland.

A separate report earlier this year by the Scottish government found poverty in working-aged adults had grown 2% between 2012/2013. This accounts for 16% of the population and is an increase of 110,000 from the previous year.

Pensioner poverty grew 1% during the same period, this equates to an additional 10,000 pensioners, taking the overall number of over 65s in poverty to 150,000.

The biggest increase was the number of children who were living in poverty, with a 4% increase from the previous year. The government report found 19% of children in Scotland live in poverty, after there was an increase from 30,000 to 180,000.

Dealing With Poverty

Benefits: Anyone who is living in poverty, whether they are working or not, should complete an online benefits checker. The checker will take important information, such as income, and determine whether someone is due any benefits.

Debt Advice: In a lot of cases the reason for people living in poverty is due to paying debts, leaving little or no money for essentials such as food. Seeking debt advice could free up money for those people struggling to balance payments to debts with the cost of living.

Charity Help: If someone is getting the correct benefits and doesn’t have any debts to pay each month, charities could help. Food banks have grown since the recession began in 2008 and they can provide a vital service for people in need.

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