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In Work Poverty

Introduction

This paper provides evidence about in work poverty including zero hours contracts in Poole. The paper makes use of data published by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to provide evidence on in work Housing Benefit Claimants and rates of pay earned by residents in Poole.

Key Findings

  • Poole’s local economy appears to be performing well, unemployment is down and the number of residents in employment has increased compared to March 2010.

  • 4 out of 10 working age Housing Benefit claimants were in work, most were aged 25 to 44 years.

  • The proportion of Housing Benefit claimants that were working has increased by 21 percent in the past 3 years.

  • 71 percent of in work Housing Benefit claimants were in private rented properties. The corresponding figure for England was 52 percent.
    Poole claimants that have dependant children are more likely to be in work than those in England.

  • 1 in 10 Poole residents earned £6.61 or less per hour when the minimum wage was £6.31 per hour.

  • 1 in 4 part time workers in Poole earned just above the minimum wage, £6.44 or less per hour.

  • Inflation has a higher impact on households with low incomes because they spend a higher proportion of their income on fuel and water the price of which has been increasing at a higher rate than the headline Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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Date Published 
<September 2014>

Last Updated
<October 2014>

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