Response to BBC News article – ‘I’m in work ‘but still struggling to get by’
Read the article ‘I’m in work ‘but still struggling to get by’, featured on the BBC news website.
Susan McEniff, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Charity Link says:
“Unfortunately, Liam’s story is similar to so many we hear at Charity Link. Leicester is the 21st most deprived local authority in the country, with one in ten residents having difficulty paying energy bills or paying for food. Of those currently experiencing food or fuel poverty, two in five are in employment*. The recent report by Prof Alston, commissioned by the UN, also estimates that 60% of people in poverty are in families where someone works. These findings, and the clients we speak to week in, week out at Charity Link, highlight that – at a time when housing costs are so high and welfare support is being cut back – being in work gives no guarantees against hardship. Low-paid, part time and zero hour contract work all place huge pressures on families who spend each day struggling to get by.”
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*Leicester Health and Wellbeing Survey 2018 – Leicester City Council