The rising tide of poverty

August 20th Growing share of under-30s pay unaffordable rent
Four in 10 of this age group are now spending more than 30% of their pay on rent, according to the data - a five-year high.

August 17th Inflation drives fastest fall in real pay on record
While average wages rose 4.7% between April and June, that was outpaced by inflation - or price rises - which is growing at a much faster pace.
As a result, the "real value" of pay fell by 3%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

August 17th Cost of living: Iceland to offer interest-free loans to customers
Iceland will offer customers interest-free loans to help with their food shop amid soaring inflation.
The supermarket trialled the scheme in Huddersfield and Rhyl, Denbighshire, before rolling it out across Wales, where more than 500 customers used it.
Managing director Richard Walker said loans - provided by charity-owned lender Fair For You - would only be offered to those who can afford them.

July 26 Cost of living: Inside the 'foodbank' for data
Combatting data poverty

July 23 The war on second homes
In some areas of the UK, second-home owners are certainly coming under increasing scrutiny and financial pressure. In sweeping reforms announced in early July, the Welsh government gave councils powers to “set a ceiling” on second-home numbers as part of a new scheme that will introduce three new classes of property: primary homes, second homes, and short-term holiday accommodation.

July 16th Foodbank Britain: inside the nation’s new emergency service
There are thought to be around 3,000 food banks in Britain – more than double the number of McDonald’s branches. How do they work, and who uses them?

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