Solving poverty after Brexit

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
26 October 2018
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment, Families
Social welfare
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The vote to leave the EU seemed to mark a turning point.

For a brief time, political strategists and commentators discovered a fascination for the challenges facing left-behind families and towns. It played out in the snap General Election of 2017, where the political parties tried to win over low-income voters: leading to talk of tackling burning injustices and creating a country that works for the many not the few.

Yet two years on from the Brexit vote, 14 million people are still in poverty and unable to make ends meet, let alone think about building a better future, with the country now reporting the first sustained rises in child poverty in decades.

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