More than half a million working-age residents in the East Midlands live in poverty

TUC analysis published of official poverty and employment figures has found that working age poverty in the East Midlands has barely fallen since 2010/11, despite regional unemployment falling significantly.

The proportion of working age people living in poverty was 21% in 2010/11, and 20% in 2017/18, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The lack of progress comes despite unemployment in the East Midlands falling from 7.7% in 2011 to 4.0% in 2018.

TUC Regional Secretary for the East Midlands Lee Barron said:

“Thousands of people in the East Midlands are working hard, but still locked in poverty – that’s not right.

“The system is broken, with low pay, insecure work and the benefits freeze trapping families below the breadline.

“We need to redesign the economy to make it fair again. People in the East Midlands need more control over their working lives and a fairer share of the wealth they create.

“That means banning shady practices like zero-hours contracts and raising the minimum wage to £10 an hour. And it means giving all working people the freedom to have a union in their workplace to negotiate fair pay and conditions.”

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