Here’s what we’ve achieved since then:
- More than one in five of our UK population (22%) are in poverty
- 14.3 million people in poverty whose options are restricted by their circumstances
- Of these, 8.2 million are working-age adults, 4.1 million are children and 1.9 million are pensioners
- Eight million working people are still living in poverty
- 500,000 more are in poverty since before voting to leave the EU
- 15,000 left abandoned by delays in the universal credit roll-out
- 3,000 dying from not being able to pay their fuel bills
- The UK’s unhealthiest high streets are mirroring a society littered with betting shops preying on the poor
- Average debt per household rose sharply in 2018 to a new peak of £15,385, up £886 in a year, excluding mortgages
- At least 320,000 are sleeping rough in the UK
The British public voted for Brexit nearly 1000 days ago and since that historic date, a great deal has changed. The future is still clouded for the UK. Politicians have been debating many things but the voice of the people has failed to be represented. The actual needs of voters are not being addressed. This political mess is drowning the fact that there are 500,000 people in poverty since before voting to leave the EU. An uncertain futures lie ahead.
Whilst politicians are still fighting for votes, power and arguing over who should be leading the country, ultimately there are 14 million of us living in poverty. This is in addition to the 15,000 being delayed by Rudd’s universal credit roll-out. 3,000 people have died as a result of not being able to pay their winter fuel bills in such trying times. This needs to change.
This gap between politicians and consumers is yet to be bridged. To add to this, our banks and lenders do not protect us. We are poorer than ever and now we must question what this may amount to? The rot in our institutions remains unaddressed.
Executive Chairman and Founder of FairMoney Dr Roger Gewolb:
“We need the voices of the people to be represented and there is a gap between MPs and consumers that need to be bridged. Who is representing the 14 million who are living in poverty and need help now more than ever before? A non-competitive loan market is not providing fair finance for those who desperately need it. We are poorer now than we were years ago. Payday loan providers have their place in society for cash-strapped Brits, but most people have been abandoned by poor lending practices that stem from the financial crash of 2008. We are over a decade on – things need to have changed. Millions of people are being pushed to extortion at the hands of high-interest credit options – one of the biggest atrocities to affect UK society.”