Employment: Poverty

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th June 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate her Department has made of the number of people in employment that live in poverty.

Photo of Will Quince Will Quince The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

National statistics on the number of working-age adults, in a family with at least one adult in work, in low income can be calculated from figures published in the annual "Households Below Average Income" publication.

In 2017/18 there were 2.9m working-age adults in absolute low income (before housing costs) in families with at least one adult in work. However, over 80% of these are from families where at least one adult is not in full-time employment. The majority of those in in-work poverty are in families with part-time work only, single earner couples, or are self-employed.

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