Fourteen million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty.
“Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basic essentials...”
That was Philip Alston, the United Nation “Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights”, reporting on Britain a year ago.
He added: “Various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40% by 2022...
“Homelessness is up 60% since 2010, rough sleeping is up 134%.... Food bank use is up almost four-fold since 2012, and there are now about 2,000 food banks in the UK, up from just