Response to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

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Goulden, Chris
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
3 October 2018
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This briefing focuses on poverty measures, Universal Credit, child poverty and Brexit.

Key recommendations:

  • Government and others should take up and use a new measure of poverty from the Social Metrics Commission that takes account of savings, as well as incomes, and costs such as housing, childcare and disability; and uses a rolling three-year average of median resources.
  • Universal Credit requires considerable short- and long-term reform to fulfil its potential as a poverty-fighting tool – for example, by restoring funding in UC for working families.
  • Future governments must protect low-income families from the risk of rising inflation after Brexit by uprating benefits and tax credits to cover rising costs.

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