But responding to the announcement to the increase in the National Living Wage, the independent social change organisation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, warned that the “rising tide of poverty” could continue.

Claire Ainsley, executive director at the independent Joseph Rowntree Foundation, commented: “The Government is right to take steps to tackle the injustice of in-work poverty and move towards a real living wage.

“But too many workers are finding that minimum wage increases are being lost due to high housing costs, and inadequate social security.

“To really make sure that those who are worst off feel the difference, the government also needs to act to reduce their housing costs, ensure social security properly supports people, and invest in skills and good jobs across every region of the UK.

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