Getting By? The reality of families in working poverty

Posted on 17 Mar 2015 under News, Latest News, Previous Publications, Uncategorized, Working with Business

Parliamentary launch of Getting By? The reality of families in working poverty

Tuesday 24th March 2015 2-3pm
Committee Room 6, House of Commons

One of the recommendations of the 2013 Liverpool Mayor’s Hope Conference was that there should be more emphasis on working poverty and showing the reality of lives of families in working poverty. The Getting By? project was an outcome of this; over 2014 it followed the lives of 30 Liverpool working families, which is now been written-up as a book.

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As well as the launch on the 20th  March 2015 in Liverpool, it is being presented to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty on Tuesday 24th March 2015.

“I’ve been in the same job. I’ve been doing it for ten years this year. I don’t get nothing major, just like when the minimum wage goes up…I don’t even know what it is to be honest, but whenever we get a rise, it’s not really noticeable, especially because I’m part time…We get graded on what we do but to be honest with you, they try and keep you at the basic rate if they can anyway, so it doesn’t matter what you do. To be honest with you, I’m that used to it now that I’m just like I never think I’ll get increases and anything I do get is a bonus. I’ve never put in for a promotion and because of the hours that I work there probably aren’t any opportunities.”

The event will discuss the findings of the project and bring to life the reality of those in working poverty and discuss what steps can be taken to address the growing issue of in-work poverty across the UK.

You can follow the event on twitter using the hashtag #GettingBy @APPGPoverty

Find out more about the Getting By? project and read the report here.