What does IDS propose to do about all those people who are working but are so badly paid that they have no choice but to live in poverty? The notion that work will magically solve all your problems doesn’t stand up to serious scrutiny as this Guardian article reminds us.
The way the DWP reports this statistic, six in every 10 children in poverty now belong to a working household. This proportion is broadly similar for the 7.8 million working-age adults in poverty. The increase in this number over 10 years, of 1.1 million, would be seen as a huge policy failure had the previous government ever shown the slightest interest in adults without children.
Tax credits will never be the answer. People must be paid a living wage.